I’m moving again. Pretty sure this is my 19th move. If you’ve known me for any amount of time, you’ll know that I don’t enjoy change. I’m a gal who likes roots. I enjoy settling in and making a home. What makes moving even harder is not knowing where I’m going to land. You say, “Huh??” 🙂
At the beginning of this semester, the Lord made it clear that my time as a college Residence Director is coming to an end. I’m a planner, so my next question was, “What’s the next step?” The Lord brought Isaiah 42:5-9 to mind.
Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. Behold the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.
Two parts jumped out at me…
“I will take you by the hand and keep you” – It doesn’t matter what the next step is because He has me by the hand and He will keep me. One of my love languages is physical touch, so hand holding is a big deal for me. I love the picture of the Lord taking me by the hand and keeping me. It’s intimate, personal, and loving. He took the time to write it in Scripture and point it out to me in 2018.
“Behold the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” – I’ve always joked that the Lord only gives me an inch at a time. In my flesh, I want to have control. I’m a planner and often times I believe that everything will be ok if I’ve planned it. I’m sure you see the error of my thinking. I believe that the Lord continually is teaching me to trust and rely on Him by not telling me what His plans are for my life. But I can rest assured that He will “declare” what I need to know before I need to know it. I just have to be content to wait.
So for now, I rest in the tension of the unknown. And yet, there is a lot I do know. I know that I’m here for the next 2.5 months. I know that He is taking me on an adventure. I know that He is good. I know that He will provide. I know that He will give me the next step in His time. And, I know that He lovingly has me by the hand as I run towards the unknown with Him.