2 Corinthians 5:17 “For we walk by faith, not by sight”
To be honest, this verse never really resonated with me. I have grown up hearing it quoted, and probably memorized it as a requirement for Bible class at my Christian elementary school. But, I have trouble actually living it. However, this week I was challenged to walk blindly, and I’ll never think of faith in the same way ever again.
Let me explain:
Last Friday my co-workers and I went to the White Water Center for “team bonding” activities. We bounded towards the woods with absolutely no expectations, and faced a series of challenges. One of the challenges involved dividing into three teams, holding onto each other’s shoulders and following the person in the front of the line through the woods like a train. Sounds simple, right? Wrong. Everyone except for the leader was also BLINDFOLDED.
I joined a team and prayed no one would trip and break an ankle along the way. (I’m a pessimist, what can I say?) I felt so uncomfortable and out of control at that moment, that I really stopped to think. Why am I so incredibly distressed by this simple team building exercise? What does it represent in my life?
That’s when it hit me: blindly following a my co-worker felt exactly like stepping out of my comfort zone and trusting Jesus to lead the way. Instead of relying on my sight, I was forced to listen and trust someone else’s leading. Instead of getting to my destination independently, I was dependent on another’s leadership.
I am uncomfortable following Jesus when I can’t see where he’s taking me. Yikes.
When we reached our destination, it amazed me that no one had been hurt. The journey was unfamiliar, yet the leader knew exactly where she was taking us. And we arrived at our next challenge location at exactly the right time.
That’s when it hit me: Jesus was tugging on my heartstrings, reminding me to let go of the wheel. He was showing me the beautiful truth that only He knows where I’m going to end up, and that’s okay. For the first time, I really understood how important it is to follow our leader. Not only when we are given clear directions, but also when we cannot possibly see what God is doing. We cannot tell why he is leading us along rugged terrain, deeper into the woods. But He knows. He sees for us.
This lesson could not have been more clear, or arrived at a more appropriate time. Lately, I’ve found myself questioning a lot of different aspects in my life. I’ve been struggling with the fact that I only have two semesters left of school, and that I’m facing big career decisions. God doesn’t seem to be giving me direction, and quite frankly, I feel lost.
But it’s time to realize that I’m just walking in the woods blindfolded. I’m going to have to put one foot in front of the other and trust that God has a plan for me, and He has a clear vision. He’s in the driver’s seat, so it’s time I lose my grip on the wheel. Walk by faith.
I challenge you to do the same. You might be walking through a wilderness and feeling at a loss for words, unsure of where the Lord is directing you. But He’s there. He’s right where He’s always supposed to be: leading the way