“I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way. I will brighten the darkness before them and smooth out the road ahead of them. Yes, I will indeed do these things; I will not forsake them” (Isaiah 42:16, NLT).
When I walk a way that I have never known—one that is unfamiliar but one you have chosen for me, Lord—I sometimes hold back. Something new is down that path. I know it is something that my human mind cannot grasp. I have been blinded to your purpose—to your heart by my own understanding. I have not leaned upon you until there is nothing left of my own desire. I have not sought your depths because of fear of losing who I am. Everything within pushes me to step out in faith and follow you into the unknown. I hesitate because I must let go of all that has been my security. I have been secure in my own strength—in what I have perceived is my purpose. You call me to let go of the last piece of self, and reach for your hand. The moment I let go of me is the moment that I am swept into your presence. It is the moment your light shines into the darkness, and reveals your glory. You are more real to me than my next breath. I am known. I am loved. I am protected. The things that have seemed to be insurmountable are nothing. I see you—not them. I hear you—not the voices of those who speak “be rational”. They do not understand this joy—this peace—this revelation of why I live and what is before me. This pearl is for me. You will do for me as you have declared—others may not understand. You know the way that I take—you know my path. My heart is yours. I never walk alone—I am never forsaken. You have called me into the depths, and I am no longer my own. I am yours.
(Copyright 2017 Lynn Hampton Lacher)