The other morning, as I was reading in my devotional, I came across a passage in the notes. The question and the ensuing statement caught my attention as many things do these days.
The words were applicable to many situations in my life right now, from finances, to family, to faith. If I'm fixing my eyes on what I can't even see right now, I have to keep on. I pray for opportunities and for guidance in difficult situations that I'm facing. The hardest times are when I can feel that coming head on. For so many years, I've just "survived" but a lot of times, I've put my head down and my arms up and hoped that I wouldn't get too pummeled in the process. Instead, I need to not just have faith that I'll be ok, but I also need to do the work that God is asking me to do. His promise is to provide, but I've also got to put in the effort that is necessary. I can't just pray for work opportunities, without actively putting my feet on the ground and going after it. I can't ask for protection, while making dumb decisions in my own life. God didn't tell Noah that he was going to simply save him from the floods. Noah had to build the Ark first.
If I put my head down, my eyes aren't fixed where they need to be. If my head is up, they are. We don't always know what the promise IS, but faith allows me to trust that the path is already carved out and if I'm keeping my head up, I'll be much better prepared for when the path starts to twist and the rain starts to pour down. If you're in the middle of a difficult situation right now, don't just put your head down and hope that you won't get hurt too bad. Keep your eyes open and fixed ahead. Do the work to prepare so that when the floods come, your raft is already built. #UntilWeMeetAgainProject Day 45.