Where have you been lately? I personally have been on a tumultuous journey, not only in life circumstances but literally as well. I have traveled almost the length of my country, New Zealand, twice this year by car, which includes a three and a half hour ferry ride between the two islands. I traveled 1309km (813 miles) one way, the ferry ride consists of a 102 kilometer (63 miles) sea journey. Then I did this in reverse. So in total I traveled 2618 kilometers (1626 miles), alone!
The details of the past few months have, for me, included great heartache, loss, and despair coupled with new friendships, new skills and growth in many areas–especially in self-confidence–something I have lacked despite my 40 plus years of maturity! (Not that I am always mature, she writes with a grin).
Within these past months the truth of the scriptures helped me to keep going. The truth that everything is God’s and all things are in His hands has been the catalyst by which my life has remained in a forward momentum. There are times when life just does not seem to make sense. But remembering that God does, sure helps a lot when we face the unknown.
When we take our eyes away from God and remove our trust in His omniscience it may feel, most likely will feel, like the seas have risen and we are drowning! But God, through His son Jesus, has founded us upon His grace and established us upon His mercy, so we are buoyant and held above the circumstance of this life by our faith and trust in God’s son Jesus.
John 14:1 says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in Me.”
Prayer: Father God when my heart is overwhelmed and my distress in this life causes me to take my eyes off you, gently but assuredly draw me back to your strong and faithful arms. Amen.
About the Author:
Julie Munro lives in New Zealand, her walk with the Lord has been over mountains and through valleys but He has remained her constant support and her ever loving Father.
What does “keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus” entail for you? How do you come to realize you have “looked away”?