"As I came home from church one evening, I was struggling to recognize God's guidance for my life. Suddenly, I drove into dense fog and could see nothing. Poking my head out the window, I noticed a tiny light from the road ahead. As I inched my car forward, it blinked out and another set of oncoming headlights took its place some yards ahead. I crawled along, following just the short distance I could see–one light after another–until the fog cleared. Then I realized that this is how God guides me. He shows me how far I need to go at any given moment. And step-by-step, I move from one light to the next. Confident of God's guidance, I let go of the need to see His complete plan."
Dr. Helen Roseveare, a British medical missionary in Africa from 1953 to 1973
I read this excerpt a few years ago, after a friend of mine quoted it on her blog. I’ve had it saved to my desktop ever since. From time to time, in moments of despair, I will read it as a reminder that God is in control. If I may be honest, this is one of the hardest concepts for me to grasp as a follower of Christ. As a Christian, I am called to surrender my life and my vision in exchange for whatever God wants for me. I believe it is a struggle for me, and for many other believers, because we often think, “but what if God’s plan isn’t what is best for me?” I’ve been a Christian for almost 12 years now, and I still have a difficult time surrendering my life, daily, for Him.
“…I let go of the need to see His complete plan.” This is surrender. God will never leave us out in the dark. He will always show us as much as we need to know to move forward. It is because of our flesh that we want to fight God on this. If we remove ourselves from our own desires, it is then we will begin to see that the plan God has for us is perfect and fulfilling.
God commands us to live a life that is holy and righteous, unique to the lifestyle that the world has called us to live. By doing this, we will then be able to see God’s perfect plan for us. His Word claims that God has a plan for our lives, and because of Christ, we are able to receive this perfect plan!
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
The challenge lies within your heart, my dear brothers and sisters. As I mentioned before, this is a daily struggle for me. This is why faith is such a beautiful thing. By committing to living a life that God wants us to live, we are letting go of what our vision of the big picture is. I urge us all, as the Church, to die daily to what our desires and plans are and in turn to ask God for His plan and for His will to be done. Take heart when you feel you are in a “fog”; the Lord is still with you, and He is still guiding you. There will be light, and He will direct you. It is on us to trust His guidance and accept all that He brings along that path.
Even in the fog, keep fighting the Good Fight.