January 27, 2015

Staring Down My Faith

Near the end of the southernmost portion of the paved trail where I regularly walk is a clearing to the east where trees are thin, especially in winter, and I can easily see the nearby train tracks as I pass by. While out for a walk this time, I wasn’t content in just passing by and peering through the trees, I decided that I wanted to take a picture of the railroad tracks.

I made my way through the trees and climbed up the steep embankment to the railroad track. I stood there gazing down the path of the steel rails and it was as if my life stretched out before me down that long stretch of unending tracks with more questions than answers, but as I pondered all the questions, I yet again reminded myself that I know the answer is faith.

My life is a journey and it is traveled by faith. I might not always know where I am going, but I know I am going there by faith. A deep trusting faith in God.

A sudden outburst of laughter and chattering children broke my line of thinking, echoing from the walking trail below as a group rode by on their bikes. It was good to hear the sounds of a happy family outing.

When it was quiet again, I let my thoughts settle and wrap silently around me, thinking again of this gift of faith we are given. I stared down the railroad tracks a little while longer and remembered the words of a couple of verses that gave me hope as I stood there staring down my faith.

2 Corinthians 5:7  For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

January 11, 2015

The Way Out Is Through

As much as we would like to bypass a difficult situation and be delivered from it altogether, most of the time, we have to go through to come out on the other side. 

Eventually, there will be a light at the end of the tunnel and we will make it through. 

Randy and I drove from Dallas to Phoenix to see his family for Christmas. Twelve hours of driving on Tuesday and six hours of driving on Wednesday, Christmas Eve. Once we were in Arizona we turned off Interstate-10 and took a road less traveled and much more scenic.

I was almost dozing off when my eyes opened wide at the scene in front of me, this tunnel through the mountain suddenly before me. I grabbed my phone as quick as I could and took this picture, and I can’t believe how well it turned out as quickly as I took it.

What a perfect visual reminder that the way out is through. And that you will get through. You won’t always be in this difficult place.

Is there a mountain looming in your life right now? A storm you wish would go away but won’t? A trial that is difficult and scary?

I hope you will find comfort and strength as you walk through a difficult season and I hope you know God is always with you each step of the way and He will never let you go. He will take you through and you will come out on the other side. 

Joshua 1:9 
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you;do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.