There are times in life when the path before us is clear.
The trail is well marked and the destination is in view. With a map in our pocket, we feel sure of the next step. Security blossoms and the world feels right as our insides relax.
Confidence comes easier when we know the next step.
Life in the military is set by orders. Jobs and locations are set by the command, and our job is to show up and give our best. You don’t choose your job, and rarely do you get to choose a location.
A year ago my husband retired from twenty-four years of service in the Marine Corps. I am one proud wife!
We are in a season of transition, seeking God’s place for us in this life outside the reach of military orders. It hasn’t been an easy jump. There have been many days where it feels more like a free fall, not knowing where we will land.
This in-between space often shimmers with possibility. But it is also filled with detours and dead-end trails that can be part of the process of waiting on God.
The road marked In-Between.
For reasons that God understands, He allows time to experience transition with all its questions and possibilities. God allows transitions to test our faith and expand our vision. God never tests our faith on a pass/fail basis, as if we must prove to Him the strength of our belief. Times of testing are for our benefit.
Oh yes, there are many lessons that are best revealed in transition, in times of uncertainty that require faith to keep walking.
Walking paths of uncertainty, we have real opportunity to rest in the faithfulness of God. We can trust that He will give us enough for now, or we can struggle and resist the confines of uncertainty.
Too often, I choose the struggle, giving into anxious worry about what’s next.
A year of transitions.
This year, my husband has pressed through a job that was a not a great fit, knowing the uneasy pressure of feeling a square peg in a round hole. Sometimes we have to uncover what we don’t want in order to discover what we truly desire. We’ve experienced the emotional roller coaster of landing that post-retirement job, then realizing the company is downsizing. It’s only a matter of time until they knock on your door.
That knock came recently.
My husband has researched and explored different types of work and ministries, seeking to find that post-retirement sweet spot.
All the while, I have found myself caught in the fallout of 24 years of military moves. It is hard to work up the energy and faith for yet another move or transition.
Oswald Chambers writes about Hebrews 11:8, “Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led. But it does mean loving and knowing the One who is leading. It is literally a life of faith, not of understanding and reason—a life of knowing Him who calls us to go.”
Enough for now–verses to remember in times of uncertainty:
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us…” Ephesians 3:20
“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives” Psalm 37:23 NLT.
“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” Proverbs 16:9 NASB.
This is our time to take the next step and let obedience and faith take us all the way.
And that’s enough for now.
What’s your Enough for today?