Navigating Life

navigating-life“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!” (1Corinthians 13:12 MSG)

My brother is a pilot. Lately he has been flying charter flights. After piloting through tough weather the other day, he was discussing the adventure with my mother. “Mom flying in those clouds sometimes makes me feel uneasy. I feel like I don’t know where I’m going and the thought crosses my mind, what if my instruments aren’t right, what if I’m not where they say I am.” What a terrible feeling! To be the one commanding the plane and your only “eyes” are those instrument panels. But after a brief moment of panic you just have to trust in what you’ve been taught, trust that those instruments and navigational skills you learned will get you to your destination.

It’s a lot like our journey in life. Sometimes we feel like we are in the midst of the clouds just hoping that we aren’t on the road to disaster. We even have brief (sometimes not so brief) moments of panic. But reality is we have to trust in our navigational system as well. God’s Word, his guidance and the Holy Spirit working through us.

I love how The Message Bible states the 1 Corinthians verse above. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. Much like my brother, the pilot, we are straining to see if we are really on the right course. But just like planes come through the storms and the weather clears, we too will see clearly one day.

Until then we trust our instruments. We trust in an all knowing God. There is a song written by Babbie Mason entitled Trust His Heart. The following are some lyrics from that song:

When you don’t see His plan  When you can’t trace His hand  Trust His heart.

When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart. When it seems like you might not be in the right place, like your instrument panel might be failing, trust His heart. What is his heart? Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that His plans for us are good. Romans 8 tells us that he works all things together for our good for those that love God and are called according to his purpose. Now it might not look like what we imagined. It might not even be exactly what we like, but we have to trust what we know about God. Get in His word and cling to his promises. Keep remembering that He has it all under control. He is our instrument of peace.

Father, I pray that we would continually trust in you. When the clouds move in and our vision dims help us to trust you, knowing someday we will clearly see your plan. Amen.

Amanda Keller

Amanda is a homeschooling mother of two great children and wife to Nathan. While Amanda grew up in Jordan, Montana, their family makes their home in North Dakota. Amanda's passion for leading others in worship shines through along with her love for Jesus, her family and laughter. Their family loves to support Compassion International in whatever way possible. Amanda holds associates degrees in both music performance and office administration from Trinity Bible College. "Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do but something you raise." ~Andy Stanley

Amanda is a homeschooling mother of two great children and wife to Nathan. While Amanda grew up in Jordan, Montana, their family makes their home in North Dakota. Amanda’s passion for leading others in worship shines through along with her love for Jesus, her family and laughter. Their family loves to support Compassion International in whatever way possible. Amanda holds associates degrees in both music performance and office administration from Trinity Bible College. “Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do but something you raise.” ~Andy Stanley

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