What do you do when life takes a sudden sharp turn? Do you try to take control and steer yourself back onto the path that you once walked? Do you fight the turn, risking being thrown off course altogether and missing your destination? Or do you lean into the turn, albeit blindly, allowing yourself to feel the wind on your face, if even through tears?
Friends, life is changing. Yet I remain hopeful and full of faith. I do no always understand His ways, but I know that they are higher than my own. I know that He loves me. I know that He is with me. And I know that He has already seen the end from the beginning. These days I am facing have already been written. They are a part of my story, although I have not lived them out. I want to live them well, full of faith, trusting in His provision, reflecting on His goodness.
I want to look at this next part of my journey through the eyes of faith. Oh my eyes are tired. I’ve spent too many days in tears, squinting to see, not wanting to see. But I have two choices: Will I shrink back and step away from what God desires to do in my life, or will I choose to embrace change, looking through the eyes of faith as I allow courage to push me forward into God’s perfect plan for my life?
I desire the later, although I can’t always say it’s easy. I’ve cried many tears as I face what lies ahead. And I’ve questioned how those tears can flow from a heart that desires to fully trust. But I am realizing it’s okay to grieve. It’s okay to be sad. But I don’t want to dwell there. This new journey that I face, it could be temporary, or it could be permanent. Only He knows. Even through tears of sadness, I can still proclaim, “It is well with my soul”, and take His hand and allow Him to lead me.
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Faith is my belief that it will all turn out okay. Courage is the ability to walk forward into the next chapter. Courage is faith with shoes on. Faith is what I am clinging to right now, in this moment, when I look ahead and can so easily be consumed by my lack. Faith is what I hold onto when I know that God is good, and even though I wouldn’t have planned the next chapter of my life this way, God is right there in the middle of it.
My prayer today is that God would increase my faith — faith in knowing that I am held in the palm of His hand and that all of my needs will be met. Faith in believing that where I go will be a blessing, not only to our family, but to those around me. And I pray for courage — courage to rise up and meet this new day with a sense of purpose and excitement. Courage to step through a door that I wouldn’t have chosen, but that I believe God put in front of me for such a time as this.
If I could ask for prayer. I am being laid off from a job I love as of September 30th. It is hopefully a temporary situation (possibly a year), but it’s been all kinds of hard and scary. Hard, because my heart is there, with people and ministry that I love. Scary because my husband remains without full-time employment. But we serve a God of abundance and we are believing that He will pour forth from heaven all that we need for this season.
Today I will rise up in faith and walk forward with courage.
Where is faith meeting courage in your life today? I would love for you to share in the comments below.
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