“Everywhere, people wish to be settled, but Ralph Waldo Emerson reminds us that only insofar as we are unsettled is there any hope for us,” said Pico Iyer, essayist for Time magazine and professor at Chapman University, in one of his Ted Talks.
I can speak from personal experience that feeling unsettled is one of the most uncomfortable experiences of humanity. One wanders the earth in search for a place called home, and it could be in the form of a relationship, a safe haven where we reside, or a community group such as a church or common interest group. We cannot stop until we find something in which we can anchor our soul, and unfortunately sometimes we anchor our souls in transient things rather than the Eternal.
There is nothing greater than putting your hope in God, the Overseer of our souls.
“The Lord is good and does what is right. He shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way. The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his commands.” ~ Psalm 25:8-10
The mark of a believer is his ability to follow God’s lead, especially unto areas of the unknown such as his future – whom he will marry, where his career path will go, and if he will have children. The future is scary, and if things haven’t been going as planned, the unknown seems full of darkness, uncertainty and gloom.
We can use this time of uncertainty to draw close to God, for “[m]ost of the time we’re in the dark, and that’s where real intimacy lies,” as Mr. Iyer put it.
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” ~ Psalm 23:4
As we move forward to the future every time we wake up, we get an opportunity to start fresh with God as our Shepherd. Even in dark valleys, you do not need to fear what will happen to you because God is right there with you, walking beside you, comforting you with His staff, which for us today is the Word of God.
“You are my strength, I watch for you; You, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.” ~ Psalm 59:9-10
If you have been disappointed many times by others, it’s understandable that your ability to trust in God may also be shaken because you can’t really see Him and you’re not really sure if He will come through for you. However, the scriptures testify that God is indeed reliable, and if you put your trust in Him, you will not be disappointed.
“To You they cried out and were delivered. In You they trusted and were not disappointed.” Psalm 22:5 (NASB)
Nestled in our comfort zones, we don’t fully know who we are until we’re pushed unto the darkness where knowledge gives out. When you don’t know what to do next, do you rely on your own understanding or do you pray and let God lead you?
Self-described as a full-time writer for the past 30 years, Pico Iyer said that the one thing he’s learned is this: “Transformation comes when I’m not in charge…We’re reminded of the first law of travel and, therefore, of life: You’re only as strong as your readiness to surrender.”
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