When the Lights Go Out

Focused Prayer: Day 20

“Where am I and what are you doing?”

I’ve said those words countless times to the Lord.

Maybe you’ve been there. Walking along in life with a good idea of who you are where you’re going when all of a sudden it seems like the lights go out. Now, It feels like you’re walking blindly down a narrow hallway bouncing off the walls with your arms outstretched trying to find your way.

When we’re in a season like this our stress goes up, confusion can set in, and we can find it hard to place any confidence in any steps we take.

And yet this scripture calls out to us:

Psalm 37:23

The steps of a man are established by the LORD,
when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
for the LORD upholds his hand.

See anything odd in this verse? Our steps are planned by the Lord when “we delight in his way; though we fall…”. You’d think that if we’re delighting in the Lord’s way and if our steps are ordered by the Lord, we wouldn’t fall. Yet, the writer seems to point out the faithfulness of God inspite of failings and missteps.

I feel I spend more time looking up from falling than I do looking down when I’m sure of my steps. God’s promise to us isn’t that we won’t fall, but that we won’t totally fall “headlong, for the Lord upholds” our hand. “Established” steps don’t mean easy steps. They don’t mean easily understood or absolutely logical steps. They are ordered by Him. That’s comforting.

I’ve learned that God can guide my steps even as I grope in the dark of my own ignorance. God desires our sole dependance on Him and He’s willing for us to endure some internal discomfort to get us there: loving and wanting his ways more than our own.

We all fall. We will stub some toes. But, God will pick us up and guide us on toward his planned path.

Prayer Focus

Spend some time reflecting on the above scripture. Reflect on some moments when you’ve understood God’s directed steps only after you’ve walked further on. Talk to the Lord about any feelings of confusion or hesitation you feel in your current journey. Trust that He’s with you and for you. Desire and walk toward his best for your life and His best will be given. I’m praying with you.

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