Trusting When You Can’t See

Hello, dear one! Please pray for me as I meet with the Lord to finish a new writing project. May His words flow through my heart and to the pages, and may He use this work to draw His people to Himself. I will be writing posts again soon, but in the meantime, I’m excited to share some guest posts over the next few weeks. I pray their words will bless you.

Today’s post comes from Susan Stilwell, a Bible teacher and writer from Roanoke, VA. She’s also a beloved family member!  Visit her blog to read more of her encouraging words.

Guest Author Susan Stilwell [www.susanstilwell.com]

Soon after we lifted off the runway, dense fog swallowed our twin-engine aircraft.  I tried to regain my bearings by looking down toward the ground, then out over the wing of the plane. But everywhere I looked, white. Nothing but white.

I love to travel and I especially love air travel, but I have to admit that I don’t love flying in bad weather. I especially hate flying in foggy conditions. My cool-as-a-cucumber husband sits reading his book while I close my eyes and pray until I can see something.

Before we were married, my husband had a pilot’s license and flew regularly. He was training to get his instrument rating when he decided there were a lot of other ways he could spend his money besides flying.

Steve learned a lot during his flight training, and one of the most important lessons was to trust his instruments. Finely tuned and precise, the instruments show the exact bearing of the aircraft based on conditions such as air pressure, air density, magnetic compass, etc. Those readings are critical to pilots because they can’t always trust what they see.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. ~Hebrews 11:1

Walking with the Lord can be like flying a plane. Sometimes we can see where we’re headed and know which adjustments to make, but other times we feel like we’re in a fog and have no idea which direction we’re going. During those times it’s critical that we have something we can trust to guide us.

God’s Word can serve as the control panel for our lives. When we can’t see a clear path, we don’t have to panic and become disoriented. Verses like these can be the gauges that guide us through our fog:

  • God is faithful (Deut 31:8)
  • He provides (Phil 4:19)
  • He leads us (Is 30:21)
  • He gives us peace (Phil 4:8)
  • He is omniscient (Rom 8:28)

By faith, we can trust that everything is moving according to God’s timetable. And when the time is right, we know He’ll bring us out of the fog.

Until then, we trust the gauges and promises in His Word.

For personal reflection:

What are some of your favorite “gauge” verses?

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