Stepping from blindness to sight

When I was younger, I did not understand those times when He said “no” were stepping stones to His amazing “yes.” I learned in the dark that when I step forward in trust and obedience, blessing is down the path. I also had to learn that even those pathways that held pain were part of the process. They were stepping stones in my journey of choosing obedience over worry, fear and control. Now, when fear and doubt surface in the dark I silence the “what ifs.” I remember Jesus’ words, “Follow me,” and get back on the path that is flickering just ahead – and simply take the next step. – P31 Ministries

“We do what is the known will of God to us, and the secret things will be shown us in due time.”

“No, you will not miss any best timing. Because if it’s truly the best time, God will make sure it happens – if He needs to move mountains and empty the seas to make it happen at the time it needs to, He will do just that. So you are not missing any timing.” – Dec 2010

If truth be told, life is far messier than we would like it to be.  People get angry and depressed and sick.  We struggle with remaining hopeful in the dark and seeing through bouts of self-deception.  Our lives don’t turn out how we planned them, and the roads we choose aren’t as straight as we would like them to be.  Even so, the Christian claims God is faithful through the mess.  More than this, the Christian claims the mess to be the masterpiece.  “For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28). – RZIM

“Amazing how God can use a bus journey and a series of decisions that I made completely out of free will, to teach me about His sovereignty over my destination, and what the journey reveals about my character.”

How can we live the brokenness that fills our lives (relationships, promises, expectations, bodies) without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God’s faithful presence in our lives? Without this “place” of return, our journey easily leads us to darkness and despair. But with this safe and solid home, we can keep renewing our faith, and keep trusting that the many setbacks of life move us forward to an always greater bond with the God of the covenant. – Henri Nouwen

 

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Better than a Hallelujah (Amy Grant)

 

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