On the ride home from a Jesus conference with my church family, the subzero temperatures caused stubborn frost to cling to the passenger windows of the car.
I get a little claustrophobic and panicky when I can’t see what’s going on around me. The only patch of horizon I could detect came from a tiny hole in the mass of frozen crystals. Everything else was a blur.
This may seem like an ordinary occurrence–and perhaps it is–but God has a habit of using ordinary things to illustrate profound truths to my heart.
I always like to know exactly where I’m going. I don’t want to say a word until I read the whole script, or take one step until I know where the path will lead.
Unfortunately, more often than not, God only gives me enough light to see the very next step He wants me to take.
He says “Go here,” and my heart responds with a million questions:
“What will happen?”
“How will it happen?”
“How is it going to end?”
But my questions are met with silence, and the gentle answer is implied, “Trust Me.”
Like I craned my neck on the car ride home to see the horizon through a tiny opening in a circle of frost, so my heart twists and turns in hopes of getting a sneak peek of the play out God has for my life.
1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but [in God’s time] we will see everything with perfect clarity.
All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely” (NLT).
John 13:7 also says, “Jesus replied, ‘You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will'” (NLT).
God doesn’t promise to give us a complete itinerary when He invites us on a journey. He doesn’t usually let us see how everything will turn out.
He may not reveal to us what’s around the next bend, but what He DOES promise to reveal is more of Himself. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me” (NLT).
The cure for anxiety isn’t knowing what’s around the next bend. The cure for anxiety is knowing the One who loves you and holds your future safe in His hands.
Although I still get frustrated trying to see what’s around the next corner, my fears are stilled as I turn to the One who loves me and holds my heart in His hands as one would clench a precious stone.
He loves me. He’s in control. He ALWAYS comes through on His promises. That’s all I need to know.
So I sit back and calm my heart, knowing that with each step of faith I take, He will meet me there.