I read this just now and it was such an encouragement and reminder that God loves us and desires to lead us... He is the lamp unto my feet and the light unto my path (Ps. 119:5). When I was a backpacking guide for Young life, we used to take students on a walk through the darkness with only one lantern to lead like 15-18 of us. It made that verse so very clear. Whoever was in the front could see no more than the next step be it dirt or stone or tree root and those behind had to trust their friends. No one knew the way and it would be slow but in the end we would make our destination perfectly with everyone intact!
This is from Streams in the Desert:
No Solution in Sight
"He went out, not knowing whither he went" (Heb. 11:9).
It is faith without sight. When we can see, it is not faith, but reasoning. In crossing the Atlantic we observed this very principle of faith. We saw no path upon the sea, nor sign of the shore. And yet day by day we were marking our path upon the chart as exactly as if there had followed us a great chalk line upon the sea. And when we came within twenty miles of land, we knew where we were as exactly as if we had seen it all three thousand miles ahead.
How had we measured and marked our course? Day by day our captain had taken his instruments and, looking up to the sky, had fixed his course by the sun. He was sailing by the heavenly, not the earthly lights.
So faith looks up and sails on, by God's great Sun, not seeing one shore line or earthly lighthouse or path upon the way. Often its steps seem to lead into utter uncertainty, and even darkness and disaster; but He opens the way, and often makes such midnight hours the very gates of day. Let us go forth this day, not knowing, but trusting.
--Days of Heaven upon Earth
"Too many of us want to see our way through before starting new enterprises. If we could and did, from whence would come the development of our Christian graces? Faith, hope and love cannot be plucked from trees, like ripe apples. After the words 'In the beginning' comes the word 'God'! The first step turns the key into God's power-house, and it is not only true that God helps those who help themselves, but He also helps those who cannot help themselves. You can depend upon Him every time."
"Waiting on God brings us to our journey's end quicker than our feet."
The opportunity is often lost by deliberation.
We may not know our way and feel like we are standing lost in a dark forest but God sees exactly where we are and just the way we need to go...a way that is GOOD and for our very BEST. Take His hand today and go where He leads!
Linny over at A Place Called Simplicity is doing a day of fasting and prayer tomorrow for anyone who wants to join. You can write down your requests and also pray for others, it is going to be an amazing and powerful time of people all over the world fasting & praying together...come join us!