It’s mighty cold outside so morning walks with Sampson aren’t looked forward to. Regardless, I layer up and take him out. While moving, it’s not that bad at all but when I stop the reality of the situation becomes very clear: it’s dangerously cold. That’s a word for us Christians! The circumstances are extreme and paralyzing. We find ourselves stuck in reality asking questions like why, what will I do, how will I survive this. The fear consumes us and we see no way things will change. We cry and mull it over and over. We can’t see beyond what we’re stuck in and sometimes a lot of time and energy is wasted thinking, sorting and trying to figure out what often has no explanation.
Sometimes there’s nothing reasonable to make us believe, other than God’s word and unfortunately because of our human condition, that’s not enough. It appears there’s no reason to believe things will ever be any different than they are right now but something happens inside of us that won’t let us stop. Before we can move, however, we must decide not to stop. The thought of it is intimidating. Why would we want to expose ourselves to unknown, sometimes dangerous elements? Why would we expect anything to get any better after it’s been the way it has for so long? Nothing’s changed, there’s no real reason to believe any effort on our part will change things. What will we do?
Walking any distance in cold weather is a risk. The fact that it’s cold and uncomfortable, not to mention the what if’s involved (what if we fall, get sick after exposing ourselves, etc…) are reasons enough to stay in our comfortable zone, but still, the dog has to be walked so what do we do? Walk the dog!
The same is true in life. We have to do something; we have to choose to believe. We often don’t get to pick the end of a trial, a death, or when many circumstances of our lives will end. Only God knows; only He sees the beginning, the end of a thing and every detail in between. All we can do is trustingly walk through it seeking His direction and holding onto Him as tightly as we can. Other than Him, there are no guarantees – no clear cut “walk this way” path. Sometimes we have to just put one foot in front of the other, believing God has a greater purpose than we can see and go forward. If we stop the elements become harder, fear and doubt invade and we turn back to our comfortable places (however uncomfortable), often wishing we hadn’t!
Clearly, things aren’t easy and sometimes we become discouraged. Don’t stop! Keep on walking. Keep believing and soon, the walk will be over and we’ll be finished with the peace in knowing God’s in control and we did what we could.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 KJV