LOST OR FOUND
Have you ever lost your way? Not geographically, but mentally and emotionally.
On one grey morning, while eating my bowl of cream of buckwheat with strawberries, my thoughts grew frantic like the clouds forming outside the window. I debated whether to go to the gym or start a project. I chided myself for my indecisiveness. But I also had another much larger problem that bugged me, and I needed discernment. Finally, I prayed. “Lord, I need Your help. Guide me.” In front of me sat my Rolodex with the verse of the day.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.~Psalm 32:8 NIV
God tells us He will instruct or give us insight. He will guide us in a direction, and He will counsel us by advising us. God will even watch over us. He does that through prayer, the Bible, godly people, and circumstances that align with His truth. At that moment, I prayed and believed God would instruct me.
I sensed I wanted to start a project rather than go to the gym, so I prepared the things I needed. Later that afternoon, I searched for something in my attic and happened to flip through an old journal. Inside, I found a card and a scrap of paper with someone’s name on it. Amazingly, just hours before, I had prayed for the person whose name I now saw.
The card’s message read, “God’s timing is perfect; follow Him.” This was a direct answer to the larger situation for which I needed an answer. Relief flooded my heart as I realized God answered my prayer using the contents of a journal I hadn’t looked at in years.
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.~Psalm 25:4-5 NIV
When we ask God to direct us, He will often use circumstances to support His Word. God answers our prayers uniquely. At times God is silent, and the waiting can stretch our faith. However, we can still trust He is at work. Our hope in God is what counts. Nothing is too small or big for Him.
What do you need? A doctor’s skill, wisdom for purchasing an item, or appropriate words to communicate after a conflict with a family member?
What steps can you take to wait on the Lord so you can receive His counsel?
Lord, thank You that I can trust You to guide my way in the big and the small. Help me to watch and listen. I rely on You to teach and instruct my heart. Direct my path today. Amen.
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