Some seasons, life is boring, predictable, uneventful: all the same things, all the same people. Same familiar road we’ve traveled a thousand times before, the view never changing.
We complain about monotony.
Dream of excitement and change.
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And then…and then: A sudden bend in the road, a detour. The path unpaved, the future uncertain. We’re off-roading, exhilarated and terrified in equal measure. All in a rush, life takes us somewhere we’ve never been: New stages or roles, new places or people… Unfamiliar, intimidating territory. Situations and difficulties we’ve never faced before, in myriad forms.
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During times like this, I cling to Isaiah 42:16: “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.”
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Let us find comfort in this:
Where we are blind, God can see.
When our path is unmarked, He knows the way.
When the road is uneven, He can carve a smooth path.
When ankles turn, legs burn, and lungs cry out, He can grant strength.
Where shadows gather, our God—world-spinner, star-maker, light-giver—can shine sun.
And no matter how long the journey, no matter how winding or perilous the path, He never forsakes the ones He loves.
“Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God” (Isaiah 50:10).
Wishing you safe travels, friends, wherever He leads you, now and always.
(Want more from the Bible on this? Read Psalm 121, Psalm 23, Psalm 18:36, Isaiah 40:28–31, Psalm 119:105, Psalm 18:28, Psalm 33.)