While driving on a British highway one Sunday evening, we encountered various elements of a wintery mix. We saw the sun, snow showers, sleet and then gray clouds with what appeared to be streaming squalls of snow. A snowsquall is when gusts of wind turn a normal snowfall into a heavy, blinding challenge for anyone or anything in its path.
We were using our GPS and Google Maps because we were uncertain of the directions to the house from the military base. As we ran into the snow squalls, we could barely see the road and vehicles in front of us. The GPS and Google Maps both announced that we had lost our signal! I said, “Thank God we know who the real GPS is; and, if we keep straight, He will guide us through the squall and we’ll eventually see our way clearly.”
This incident reminded me of the song, “Trust When You Cannot See.” We had to apply these comforting words to our then current situation. We trusted God to carry us slowly and safely along the highway even though we could not see much of anything in front of us, including the lines on the highway.
In this life, there will be times when you will have to navigate through difficult events. They may only become a challenge when your flight plan was visible, with a clear path to your destination; and then suddenly, you may encounter a disruption in that flight plan causing you doubt, despair and even blindness with no hope of seeing your way through. These are the times that you must develop the courage to trust God to clear the squalls of life and define your paths. When your internal GPS (depending on your own understanding) is ineffective, your faith in God will direct you to trust Him to deliver you. We have become accustomed to depending on our own intelligence and technology to guide us in all things. Some would be hopeless if they did not have access to friends, a cell phone or internet connection. For sure, God will allow events in your life where these earthly assets will fail. Nevertheless, it is so rewarding to know that He will never leave us nor forsake us. We are self-assured that He will guide us through our snowqualls of life, because we have developed the courage to trust Him when we cannot comprehend these trials and/or tribulations. This courage is a result of a growing, deeper relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV)
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”