I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. – Isaiah 42:16
God is taking me there again – to that place where I am stretched beyond my comfort zone. I’m headed down a path with no real clear sense of what lies ahead. My experiences are insufficient to provide a contingency. My comfort is limited when put into the perspective of personal ability. Simply put, I’m trusting Him totally to take me where I’m supposed to be.
There’s something about places that are unfamiliar. Unlike a spot you’ve visited dozens of times, new places stimulate the senses. It opens your eyes and your mind to the new realities and the possibilities of what might be. Think about the feeling of discovering a new restaurant and finding the perfect meal? Does that ever happen at McDonald’s? Of course not, and they really don’t want it to. Mickey D’s is stable, safe, and consistent. There’s little fear of it being horrendous, but even less opportunity for it to be memorable.
I don’t want to live the rest of my life in the comfort of what always has been. I don’t dread looking back on the path I’ve traveled – I’ve learned much, accomplished much, and believe that God has used those experiences to mold me to be the person I am today. But that’s not where it ends either. I want to race into tomorrow with momentum built up from today. I want to feel the rush that can only come from living life on the edge with God leading the way to new and unimaginable things. My paradigms have shifted, but they’re not anchored yet. My goals have expanded and they’ll continue to grow wider. God has revealed things about my future that I am excited to receive. But He has also left some things beyond my reach, outside of my vision to keep me stretched, moving forward, pressing ahead.
It’s a strange contradiction, but I find myself waiting with patient expectation, filled with an eagerness to know the fullness of God’s blessings for me in His time. This drives me to do today’s work with more passion and focus so that I can experience tomorrow’s blessing as a result.
The message is very self-directed, but then again, you know this all full well and live in the same way. You know what God is speaking to you – the direction in which He’s leading. You also have things yet unrevealed that you work daily to uncover. May you find the strength, the passion, and the peace of God through the Holy Spirit at work in your life to make these things possible to the glory of our victorious Lord.
I don’t want my walk with God to be safe. I want to walk in radical obedience to His call, wherever that may lead. My daughter and I were just having a conversation about this. She was saying she wants to go into the unknown with God. This is my prayer too.
You make an excellent point. I think it’s worth pointing out that when we talk about being safe, we always are safe when we are following the path God placed us on. The safe we have to avoid is the safety that comes from complacency and an unwillingness to follow the call.