One Step Closer


Do you ever just want answers? How will things turn out? When will it happen? How will it happen? Will it ever happen? What will the future bring? Will it all turn out okay? I'm the type of girl who has always wanted answers. There is safety in answers. I find protection in knowing. If I can anticipate an outcome, I can brace myself for the impact and prepare myself for the fall out. There is too much wiggle room for me in questions. Too much margin for error. Too much unknown. Too uncertain. I look for answers in my circumstances. From time to time, I even try to pressure other people for answers that they don't have to give. Of course, I also pressure God for answers, but somehow He never seems to be too pressured. Lately, life has been full of possibility. Every now and then, I see glimpses of my dreams creeping into reality, but they are always accompanied by question marks. Could it be? Could this be the beginning of a hope fulfilled? God, are you in this? Lord, where are you leading me in all of this? This, naturally, frustrates me. Has anyone else ever felt that way before? I'm sure you have asked yourself questions before like, God can this really be the job for me? The school for me? The relationship for me? The ministry for me? Is this where you are leading me Lord, or should I be anticipating something else?

As much as I hate to say it, it all boils down to trust. If I put my trust in my circumstances or rest all my hope in something that might change, I am bound to find myself let down and disappointed. But if I put my trust in my heavenly Father, I can be rest assured that He will always come through and lead me to victory, no matter what the circumstances look like. As it is written, in Hebrews 6:19, "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure." When we place our focus on the questions in life, it will lead us to fear, but when we set our gaze on the one who holds all the answers, we can experience true peace and confidence. We can know that whatever the future holds it will be for our best and it will be good.

Much of the time the answer God gives us is wait. Isn't that the worst? But God always uses seasons of waiting to strengthen our faith and to increase our confidence in Him. I love the quote that says, "Our willingness to wait reveals the value we place on what we're waiting for." We hold our dreams with an open hand before the Lord. We put Him first above everything else and we trust that when we wait for Him to bring about the best plan at the best possible time that it will be far better than anything we could have come up with on our own. It will have been well worth the wait.

We can know that each day we walk out our faith in Christ, we are one step closer to seeing our dreams come to pass. "The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand." (Ps. 37:23-24)