When you wonder about the future

Into a week of back to classes filled with excited young people who mostly seem to know what they’re aiming for and are pursuing it eagerly, into a week of feeling just a bit out of place, knowing the next step but not seeing beyond (but then, who of us ever truly sees past the present moment?), into the knowing myself small, He speaks.

First, once more the reminder from the summer. “Be still before YHWH and wait patiently for Him.” (Psalm 37:7) Be still. Wait.

Then this: “Trust in YHWH with all your heart, and do not lean for support on your own understanding. In all your ways know Him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

No passing glance of mere acknowledgement, this. “Know him.” It is the call to each of us in the daily uncertainties. “Don’t try to figure your path out yourself. Come closer. Know Me. I’ll take care of the path.” Or, as Bruce Hindmarsh put it in a Regent College chapel talk on Psalm 121 last year, “Don’t watch where you’re going. Watch the One who watches where you’re going.”

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