The only guarantee you have in life as a Christian is that God will lead you through whatever is ahead and, if you let Him, He will use it for good. If you’re one of those people who feel you have life squarely under control, enjoy that feeling while it lasts, because it is a fleeting illusion. Whether it’s the dandelions in your yard or something of a far more serious nature, life holds variables. We like to know what’s ahead. We think this makes us feel secure. Having a plan insofar as our insight takes us, is a good thing. However, we need to keep our eyes on Christ in this sojourn, because life circumstances may veer out of our “controlled” course. But they will never, ever veer outside of God’s control. It is not what we know about the future. It is Who we know, because He will lead us. It may be hard, at times, to keep our eyes on Him and pray in faith, instead of taking in the enemy’s lies, but God will gently lead us along, lifting our focus back to Him, come what may.
He not only will lead us, He sometimes will carry us. Most of us have read the poem about the footprints in the sand and we may even have these sure enough words framed on our wall. Our Savior really will pick us up and let us take refuge from the storm, while He carries us. As my pastor reminded me recently, “He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.” (Ps. 18:30b) He is a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. (Ps. 9:9) When we get “down under it all”, He often sends someone to “pick us up” with prayers, encouraging words, and other tokens of love and friendship. His arm is not too short to reach down to us and pull us up to refuge one way or another.
In the place of refuge and surrender we find rest, grace, faith, trust, promises, renewal, nurturing, comfort and liberating eternal perspectives. This place of refuge is a hidden place of shelter and not for the double minded. Our baggage of pride, control, plans, ideas, fears, worries and expectations gets checked at the “door”. In their place we get so much more. Circumstances may or may not be going on the course we prefer, but there, in our Refuge, we regain our footing of trust in the One who will navigate us through the storms and variables and not waste a thing along the way. The saying is much more true than trite, “I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow.”