Sarah Young had a revelation. Perhaps if she stopped talking at God for her entire prayer time, she might be able to hear from him. As she tuned her ears to better hear his words, it became a common practice for her to journal the words of Jesus instead of her own. Pieces of her journal were later turned into a daily devotional book called “Jesus Calling.” I get something amazing from it every day. This portion below was one of my favorites in recent days, and it came exactly when I needed to hear it.
“I am leading you a long the high road, but there are descents as well as ascents. In the distance you see the snow covered peaks glistening in brilliant sunlight. Your longing to reach those peaks is good, but you must not take shortcuts. Your assignment is to follow Me, allowing Me to direct your path. Let the heights beckon you onward, but stay close to Me.
Learn to trust Me when things go “wrong.” Disruptions to your routine highlight your dependence on Me. Trusting acceptance of trials brings blessings that afar outweigh them all. Walk hand in hand with Me through this day. I have loving planned every inch of the way. Trust does not falter when the path becomes rocky and steep. Breathe deep draughts of My Presence and hold tightly to My hand. Together we can make it!”
(“January 18th” from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young)
God has been teaching me about waiting, and trusting. He may have given me a sliver of a vision for my future, but that doesn’t mean I’m necessarily supposed to abandon what I’m doing now. (Though it might for some of you!) The important thing is that we walk closely with him every step, trusting no matter what. Even as the path seems to wind sideways away from the goal, I will continue to trust that it WILL eventually lead to what He promised. This verse comes to mind:
“This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” Habakuk 2:3 (NLV)
(Photos taken in Lake Tahoe by Caroline Frost Shea)