God’s At Every Turn

 

Walking in faith is difficult.

For one thing, living a faithful life means sometimes making decisions that, from the perspective of others, seem very strange.  For instance, as Executive Director of a job training program, I would never advise a client to give up a job and steady income to pursue one’s purpose.  Yet, as a born-again Christian, that is precisely what I did when I founded The Berlack Method.  My faith tells me that my purpose is greater than my paycheck, because my gifts, which are tied to my purpose, aren’t about me.  They’re about the people out there who have been desperate for help, and who have been waiting for me to take my leap of faith.  As a dear friend once told me, because my gifts are not about me, fear is hypocritical.  The Bible tells me that worrying about myself makes no sense, and that worrying is just a sign that I’m not conscious of God’s power and benevolence.

Mathew 6:26 (NIV):Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

I leave it to God to determine who or what is most valuable, but I know this: if He will take care of the birds of the air, He will most certainly take care of me.  He’s just like that.

I’ve been advised that it also makes no sense to pray and worry.  God’s not done with me yet, so I’m still working on that.  Growing.  Learning.  Sometimes, in the middle of the night, when it’s quiet and dark in the house, my worries infringe upon my mind.  I get restless, I toss and turn…and I sometimes have difficulty sleeping.  Maybe you know what I’m talking about.

But then, I remember:

God’s at every turn.

Every time I get to that point of restlessness, and sleeplessness, and sometimes, when I even get to despair, God sends an angel my way.  When I worry about how to inspire others, someone comes along and inspires me.  When I reach a dead end and my mind and emotions stall, someone takes me by the hand and negotiates a new path with me.  Shows me the way.  When I wonder about what to say, someone speaks to me and triggers a chain of thoughts in my mind that I know I didn’t plant there.  Or someone shows me a picture that triggers a connection to a theme hidden in my sub-consciousness.

God’s at every turn.

He uses us to speak to us.  He’s always there.  Whispering in our souls.  Showing us pictures that only make sense now that we’ve experienced something.  And when you call out the Angels, and tell them who you see them to be…they deny it.  Humbly.  And that’s your proof.

And so I vow that tonight when I hit my bed, I will rest easy.  Even in the darkness and quietness.  Because He’ll be there.  He always is.  So even though I may look strange to some, I rest easy knowing that my faith is not based on their understanding.  It’s not even based mine.

I don’t understand.  I just know.  No matter where I turn, He’ll be there.

I will rest easy tonight.  Will you?

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