“Leaving a full-time job and a full-time income to return home to serve my family? Really, Lord? That’s what I’m supposed to do?”
The answer was a resounding, “YES!”
So, not knowing where it would lead, I stepped onto that path. I’m still walking on it today.
It’s been as if I’ve been carrying a flashlight in the dark. When I take the step illuminated by the flashlight in front of me, I can then see a little farther, and with it, the next step.
If you’ve ever done it, you know it can be a little scary walking in the dark with just a flashlight. The sounds you hear–but can’t see–can make your imagination race.
“What was that? Something’s out there. What’s going to jump out at me? What’s lurking in the shadows?”
You begin to take your focus off the light and your next step, as you put it on the dark and what’s out there that’s going to get you.
I know this well. I’ve done it too often. I’ve taken my focus off The Light (Jesus) and where He’s leading me, and have put it on my fear and the unknown.
My imagination has raced as familiar and potential doors have shut, as things aren’t the way I think they should be, and as the “what if’s” are staring me straight in the face.
“What if we run out of money?” “What if our expenses become greater than our income?” “What if God doesn’t provide?”
But then, I’m jolted back into truth and God’s reality when I intentionally spend time with Jesus as I read God’s Word. I linger in God’s promises of how His ways aren’t logical, how He will not put to shame those who trust in Him, and how He provides for those who obey Him.
My focus becomes centered once again on The Light (Jesus), and on His next step for me on this path. Gone is the fear and the unsettling unknown.
I’m reminded… if I’m doing what God wants me to do, everything is going to be better than fine. So, I continue on this path. Trusting. Believing. Praying for God’s will and provision.
I see how God has already blessed me on this path. He has:
- more than provided for us.
- opened new doors as He has closed others.
- allowed me to be home to care for my teenage and grown children during a challenging spring.
- strengthened and blessed my marriage.
- grown my faith in ways I’ve never experienced.
Sometimes what God asks us to do doesn’t make logical sense. It doesn’t line up with how we think things should be. It looks impossible. When this happens, trust Him, my friend.
Jesus knows what we don’t know. He knows where He’s leading us, and it’s better than we can imagine.
So, even when it’s fearful, even when it’s dark and the sounds scare you, stay focused on Jesus, The Light. He will show you your next step on your path.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
God bless you on your journey today!
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