“I said to the man who stood at the gate, “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” He replied, “Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.”
~ Minnie Louise Haskins
Our life journey involves movement, action, stops and start, detours, delays and trips into the unknown. Every step we take in life demands determination and courage to move forward. It’s easier said than done, along the way may lay many challenges that will require faith, and our faith will be tested.
Here’s the imperative question — what faith? Faith in ourselves? Faith in others (putting our hopes and trust that their faith will get us through)? No one can or will walk the path that has been chosen for us, but only ourselves. We must believe in our unique journey and fully yoke with the Lord for strength, patience, and peace.
Who can understand the unknown path we’re traveling (or will travel) better than God? He is the one who can safely deliver us through the unknowns. Partnering with God requires much trust, patience, and faith in Christ Jesus. His hand points to the LIGHT — to the eternal God. His hand gets us safely to the finish line, as He did for Abraham, the father of nations.
God called Abraham to leave his comfortable life in Ur at the age of seventy-five and begin a long, slow journey — a journey that required unshakable faith in God.
The Lord had said to Abraham, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”(Genesis 12: 1-3)
Says the Lord, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19)
“I will go before you and make the crooked places straight.”(Isaiah 45:2)
We can learn from Abraham’s trusting heart, and give our Lord the benefit of believing by faith that his hand is leading us on the unique journey that He has crafted for us. The path on which He places us is beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.