For we walk by faith, not by sight.
– 2 Corinthians 5:7
Lately, my wife and I have been taking evening walks together as an excuse to leave the house. They present a great opportunity to step away from digital screens, take in fresh air, and have an uninterrupted conversation. The other day for some reason I thought it would be fun to keep my eyes closed for the first part of the walk. It must be noted that my wife did not enjoy it nearly as much as I did. But nevertheless, what started out as a joke led to some interesting observations.
Initially, I clung tight to my wife’s hand. Every step was one of great caution. I sat right in her hip and listened as she called out obstacles and elevation changes. The pace was slow, methodical, filled with trepidation. Most of us aren’t used to walking great distances with our eyes closed. We like to be able to see where we are going.
Oftentimes our walk with God can be similar to walking with our eyes closed. Though God knows exactly where we are headed, He doesn’t always allow us to see what’s coming next. Instead He asks us to hold His hand and follow His instructions as He guides us along the way. There’s a level of trust here that can only be found in walking by faith.
The interesting thing is the longer my wife and I walked the more comfortable I became. It was easier and easier to take big confident strides. Walking with God can be the same. The more we trust Him, the more confident we become and the easier it is to stay in His stride.
Here’s the kicker, though. As I became more confident in my steps with my wife, the place of my confidence began to shift. I began to drift away from her and I relied less and less on her directions. Are we not tempted to do the same with God? How often do we misplace the confidence that we have in Him for confidence in our own abilities?
Today, examine your walk with God. Are you following Him even when you cannot see where He might be leading? Is your confidence found in what you yourself can do, or is it found in the Father Himself? In your reflection today, let your faith be your sight. Step boldly into what God leads you into, for He is faithful to guide you all the way through.
Father, you are faithful and good. I will follow wherever you may lead, even when I cannot see. For you, O Lord, are worthy of all my trust. Help me Father to trust you more.