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Rule number one: Keep moving towards the last star you saw before you entered the dark. If your compass was true as you entered the darkness, it will be true to carry you through. Your compass is still lined up with the Word of God in all its power, wisdom, and strength. When you cannot see where you are going, more than ever before you must cling to God’s Word:
“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” —ISAIAH 42:16
Although you may not sense it, you must know that God is leading you, even in the dark. Do not shift around as someone who is unstable in his ways. Continue going in the same direction you were headed before night fell. If you felt confident of God’s leading at that time, keep moving. It is all too easy to look to the right or left and to forget our real course. It is at that point when we become even more vulnerable to doubts, fears, and anxieties. It is at that very point when we become vulnerable to a lack of complete and total trust in our Lord and His never-failing Word.
Even during those times when silence and darkness pervade, and we feel especially alone, there is still a warning sign that we get telling us when we are going off course. As we start to feel a greater sense of restlessness and frustration growing within us, we need to see it as a built-in barometer—or warning sign—from the Lord. He has placed it there to alert us when we are wandering off track. Although we might not know where we are, let alone where we are headed, we can still have a substantial portion of peace, calm, and rest in the midst of it all. We can have this peaceful state of being, which is a state of being in the Lord, regardless of what surrounds us.
In the midst of it all, if we can stay true to our original course, our arrival to our place of destiny is assured. This place to which we are traveling is not a “some where,” it is to a position. It is a position that brings us into a closer, deeper, and more intimate relationship with the King of kings and Lord of lords. It is a position we have pleaded for.
Do we remember what we said? Do we recall what we have laid before Him when we asked Him to mold, make, and shape us after His will? He has heard the deepest cry of our hearts and taken us at our words. But are we truly yielded and patiently and quietly waiting?
We tell Him we will go, be, say, and do whatever He wants. But will we? Or do we limit ourselves to physical places of service and not to places in Him that bring us into a sweeter and closer communion than ever imagined? It is far easier to contemplate physical terrain, over mountain, plain, or sea, than it is over spiritual mountains, plains, and seas.
Isaiah 43:1b–2 tells us, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
How is it that so readily we have the tendency to think, when the waters grow deep and the fires get hotter, that we are off course? Just as the physical body is baptized in water to bear an outward testimony of our commitment of our life and will to the Lord, so is our innermost being submerged into the deep waters and the cleansing fires.
We should feel totally safe and secure in following Him anywhere He leads, even though we have no way of knowing where the where is. But does it really matter, if it is He whom we are following? How is it that we are so prone to dig our heels into the ground of our lives, holding back so we can continue pitching camp in the same comfortable spot?
Reality says that the unfamiliar can be fearful. Then again, what is reality? All we see as we look around, including our physical selves, is merely temporal; it will soon pass away. That which is not temporal but is eternal, is spiritual. This is the only true reality, because it will never pass away. It always will be. Keeping focused on this genuine reality helps dispel the fears, doubts, and uncertainties that so readily assail us.
The temptation will be strong to alter your course. Until God speaks, do not move an inch off the line you have set. There is but one way through this abyss; it is straight through, keeping your eye on where you saw that last star.
Press on! Even though some days you may be running on fewer cylinders, give it the best you have for that day. That is all that our loving heavenly Father requires.