Have you ever been in the midst of reading something when a word just stands out so much that it seems to jump off the page? Was it a word you’ve seen many times, yet this time it opened a whole range of new thoughts? Maybe that sort of thing only happens to me!
I’m not sure what I was reading now, but my eyes were drawn to the word bewildered. You wonder if there is something wrong with it– like is it spelled incorrectly – or is there some other reason I’m drawn to it.
For whatever reason, the more I thought about it, the more it seemed to be a word that describes so much about my life. Life is bewildering at times. It doesn’t make sense to me and it often leaves me wondering what I’m supposed to do, or how I’m supposed to go on.
I feel bewildered when things like:
- Treatments don’t turn out as expected,
- Those treating me are uncertain what to do next,
- Each week seems to bring a new challenge,
- The future seems uncertain.
The closest word in the thesaurus, is “concerned.” I have been concerned. This year has seemed at times to just go from surviving one crisis to another and now in October, I can look and wonder where the year has gone and what has been achieved, if anything.
That may be how I see things, but I have a Heavenly Father who sees so much more than just the bewildering human view that I see. He is the one who makes sense out of all my questions, fears and uncertainties and can take that sense of bewilderment away.
I don’t have to understand; I don’t have to know what happens next; I just have to keep on trusting in the one who knows. The above verse says that our steps are ordered by God and how can we expect to understand apart from Him. We need to seek Him–the One who understands all our concerns and will help us overcome our bewilderment.
Prayer: Father, thank you that I don’t have to feel bewildered, because You are in control and You understand when I do not. Help me to trust You more. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He is teaching her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.
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Have you ever felt bewildered? What comforts you and helps you get past it?