It would be nice if God just told us what to do when we’re making big, life-changing decisions. But if you’re like me, that’s when things get really quiet and it feels like navigating treacherous terrain with a blindfold on.
I spent a week with my 16-year-old son at JH Ranch in California in a father-son program focused on building stronger relationships.
One of the most spiritually significant exercises we did was called the Faith Walk. My son put a blindfold over his eyes, and I gave him directions as we walked through the woods together. The fear of hitting a tree or falling into a river was always there for him unless he listened to my voice and did what I said. There were four things I told my son before we started:
I will never leave you
You can always trust me
Ask me any question
Only listen to my voice
As I spoke these words to my son, it was like God was speaking them to me.
At one point, I was told by the group leader to stop giving verbal directions unless my son asked me where to go. That was difficult. My son was expecting me to tell him everything and he wasn’t asking any questions. One of the other boys in the group shouted at his dad, “I could go a lot faster if you just tell me where to go!” I laughed because that’s what I always say to God. I don’t ask God for directions enough. I want Him to just show me where to go and tell me what to do.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Ask your Father questions. Look to Him for the answers. Let Him guide your way. Not just your walk, but your path and your speed. Even if you have a blindfold on, He is still speaking to you.
Tuning in to God’s words will help clear the path. If you feel blinded by the enormity of a decision, simply use your ears and listen to God. I think about the words of one of my old favorite hymns, He Giveth More Grace, and it may help guide your way.
Annie J Flint wrote this over 100 years ago:
He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sends more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He adds His mercy,
To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed but the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving has only begun.
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.