A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.
My vision is a bit blurry
not sure of my next steps,
the road looks shaky
dark, curvy, and damp.
I know there’s a path
somewhere up ahead
just looking for some taillights
or a flashlight, or a lamp.
My vision might be blurry
but there’s one thing I know,
my path becomes much lighter
when in His Word I put my hope.
I no longer need to worry
darkness and fear slink away,
because my Lord is with me
every step of the way.
I knew God wanted me at the conference, I had known it for months. As usual, I was unsure what He had in mind; but deep down, I knew I needed to be there.
While there, I was able to reconnect with quite a few friends, and the Spirit of the Lord fell upon us as we sang and listened to our keynote speakers. I was having a lovely time.
But sometimes God changes our plans. A family situation arose, I had to go home early.
To say I was unhappy and emotional would be an understatement. Confusion set in, and I became unsure I’d heard the Lord clearly all these months.
Tired and anxious, I lay down in our room. Almost immediately an old hymn I haven’t heard in years wormed its way through my mind.
Be still, my soul; the Lord is on your side;
bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
leave to your God to order and provide;
in ev’ry change he faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul; your best, your heav’nly friend
through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.*
I sat up in the bed, fished for my cell phone, and found a video on YouTube to listen to the words and let them sink in. A peace I was not expecting washed over me and through me. I thanked the Lord for giving me exactly what I needed at that moment.
The words were perfect. Over the next hour while I spent time in a one-on-one mentoring session, the Lord confirmed not only why I was at the conference, but He also helped me understand why I needed to go home as well.
So my friend, if you are going through a troubled time, and you don’t know the what, wherefor’s, and why’s, take time to be still. The Lord is on your side.
From My Heart to Yours,
*Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side – Author: Kathrina von Schlegel; Translator: Jane Borthwick (1855) https://hymnary.org/text/be_still_my_soul_the_lord_is_on_thy_side