Alone in the Woods

Peaks of Light

Do you ever feel alone, or lost, or aimless, or just not knowing where to go and how to get there? I would have to answer “yes”.

Many times in my life I have felt like I was standing in a cold, snowy forest – all alone – and not seeing a trail out of there. Sometimes it was the result of work not going well, and wondering if I would keep my job or if I should polish my resume’. Sometimes it was dealing with the constant, hectic pace of raising three children and never having been there/done that before. How do I lead my wife through this when I don’t know the way myself?

Sometimes, we are living with a secret. A besetting sin that no one but God really knows about, and the weight of it seems to be crushing us spiritually and emotionally. We are alone. We feel God is mad, or at least very disappointed and upset with us. What to do, where to go – how do I deal with this?

Many times I have simply felt stuck. Stuck in a “pretty good” marriage (but wishing for much more). Stuck in an “okay” job but wishing I was more successful and making more money for my family. Stuck spiritually, not really feeling God’s presence or pleasure. Not seeing my prayers answered (at least the way I want them answered). I look around my life and simply want more. What if…… I ask myself. I just sort of exist, maintain the status quo, don’t rock the boat – and go on about my daily routine. The, I look up and it has been a moth, or even a year – and nothing has really changed. I’m still standing alone with my thoughts, in the woods – not really knowing where to go or how to get there.

Has that ever happened to you?

I can’t say that doesn’t happen to me anymore – but thankfully not very often anymore. God finally broke through to me and led me to some truths/promises that show me a way out of the woods. It helps to write these down and/or memorize them. You WILL need them for the journey ahead.

Psalm 139:13-18

Psalm 86:5

Jeremiah 29:11

Proverbs 3:5-6

Isaiah 30:21

Jesus told his disciples to “follow him” and he would do the rest (making them fishers of men). That is what he asks of me, and you. Trust him. Quit trying to drive and give him the car keys of your life. Trust him enough to let go and let him lead you. He will always lead you (and me) to better places than we will take ourselves. He is a good God, a loving, passionate Father who will take care of us.

My problem was that I didn’t really trust him. I had asked him into my heart as a teenager – but I didn’t really trust Him enough to let Him lead. I wanted to lead my own life and get Him to help me along the way. I finally had enough experiences in the cold, lonely woods that I gave up. I finally handed over the keys, and begged Him to drive. He love me. He likes me. He is always faithful and has my best interest at heart. I can finally rest and simply follow Him.

That’s all He asked me to do in the first place………….

 

God is asking us the same question He asked Elijah years ago – “What are you doing here?”

It’s time to move on,

Rob