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Looks Can Be Deceiving…

Diving into this verse by mapping it out was—excuse the pun—eye-opening!

I was so intrigued by the cross references I found that connected with this verse. They repeated the fact that its actually all about what we CANNOT see!

Looks can be deceiving, can’t they?

The last couple months for me have been building up to several decisions I feel I have to make that will have ripple effects for those around me.

I cannot even explain how quickly my mind gets to spiraling out of control when I begin to run away with all the “what if’s“ involved.

What would people think?

How would I handle that?

Am I capable of managing all these things?

And the big one:

What if I am wrong?

If you look at some of the situations I am trying to navigate, things just don’t add up. What I am seeing with my eyes in front of me is overwhelming. Defeating, even.

This verse is such a simple and powerful reminder where my focus should be, instead.

“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of faith.” Hebrews 12:2 NIV

On Jesus.

What did Jesus do when He had questions?

When He needed rest?

When He was seeking wisdom and clarity?

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭NIV‬

I will openly admit that I need to pray more. I go through these ebbs and flows where my prayer life is crazy strong—then these other times where I feel as if something is literally blocking my prayers and I drift away.

I want my prayer life to be consistent. To show up, even when I don’t want to. Because He meets me there, every time.

Just the other day, I was pouring my heart out and crying to a friend about all my woes. How I couldn’t see the way forward. I knew God had called me to it, so why was it so hard to see which way to go? God sent me a rainbow right in that moment, right in my backyard. Promises.

The next day I saw something that kind of blew my mind in Psalms 119:105:

”Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

His Word is a LAMP.

Not a floodlight.

It‘s going to light up my next step on the path, it’s not going to show me the entire path all at once!

And I just felt relief, that all I am responsible for right in this moment is to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus. I can be obedient to that. The rest will get figured out one step at a time as He lights my path.

Happy Digging, friends!

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