Shortly after I finished reading these verses one morning I got a phone call from a friend whose mother just passed away. The family was asking questions about planning the funeral and my friend said to me, “We’ve never been here before. We are just trying to figure all of this out.” It was the perfect opportunity for me to share with my friend the comforting words of the Psalmist. The Psalmist knew, and we can know, that God will lead us through the dark, scary places we’ve never been before.
After I hung up the phone I thought about all of the places “we’ve never been” that can be very scary. Early one morning, before the sun ever got out of bed and yawned the morning light, a friend announced in our men’s Bible study that he has been told he has cancer. Another friend asked for prayer for a specific situation in which he said, “The more I try to control the situation the more it is coming apart. I need God’s wisdom.”
There are many decisions in life that have to be made. If only they were as easy as getting from one town to the next. I mean, if I want to go to Dallas or Kansas City all I have to do is pay attention to the signs, get on the right roads, turn where I am supposed to, and I will get there…eventually. God is not like a Triple A map. He invites us to let Him lead us. He speaks to us through His Word. He counsels and reminds us by His Spirit. He reassures us that He will never leave or forsake us. Sometimes things seem so confusing and dark that we can’t see our hand in front of our face, much less the path before us. Yet, God uses His Word, the Light, and His Spirit, our Counselor and Comforter, to lead us through the confusing and perplexing times of life.
My prayer today, Lord, is that I would keep before me Your Word and rely upon Your guidance, counselor, and comfort to make it through the dark and perplexing times of life.