Years ago my father gave me the first pair of glasses he wore as a ten-year-old little boy. I was curious today and put them on to see how strong they were. I wondered if I’d be able to read with them. When I tried them on, things were blurred and I couldn’t see clearly. As a child my father taught me things I should do and things I shouldn’t. He led by example with his selflessness for the community, serving as a deputy sheriff, a volunteer fireman and rescue squad worker. He honored his mother and father even when they favored others. He loved his siblings even when they ignored him. It was hard for me to understand why others they didn’t return his expressions of love.
This is similar to what it is like to look at the world through the eyes of my heavenly Father. I don’t always understand why obstacles block my path when I am trying to walk in the way I believe He would have me walk. When ministry to others is stalled or rejected, I struggle to see the reasoning behind it. When I write devotionals to encourage others, sometimes my mind goes totally blank–though my heart is filled with satisfaction and contentment–words to express this to others seem distorted as I type them on the blank page before me. At times, these impasses seem insurmountable.
I have come to see that I cannot see on my own. I will always need my Father’s assistance to see clearly, to keep walking on the path He has made for me in life.
“I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalam 16:8-11
Sometimes I must simply rest in the Lord and wait till He shows me the way to walk, till He lights the way. And sometimes I must walk into the shadows of the valley by faith in Him. I may not always understand the obstacles, or difficulties that come my way in the midst of serving my Lord, but I can trust Him to be with me, to know His joy in the struggles. I can trust that when words elude me, He uses that void to deepen my hunger for Him. He takes my cluttered thoughts and draws me closer to His side to know Him more intimately–to be still and bask in the joy of His presence, rather than scrambling, searching and seeking ways to say the simplest of things.
I will “keep” my eyes on Him, the psalmist says. “Always.” He doesn’t take his eyes off the Father. The Father sees what we cannot. With Him at our side, we cannot fail. We need only keep focused on God and His ability to flatten any mountain, to calm any sea, to resurrect the dead, to open the eyes of the blind, to change the heart of a thief. He is doing it and any obstacle is but an opportunity for Him to show His power and glory. And the best part is that our faith in Christ rewards us with His presence forever.
PRAYER: Lord, help us remember it is You who moves with us. Remind us that nothing and no one will destroy the work You want to accomplish in us and through us. You are in the details. Thank you for Your constant presence in our lives.