Walking By Faith in Uncertain Times
Hey friend! If you’re reading this during the Coronavirus Pandemic, wow- these have been some really weird / uncertain times! I hope we can use this opportunity to better learn how to walk by faith during various trials.
Fear & Anxiety
I’ll admit, Even though I’m writing about how to walk by faith, I’ve given in to fear and anxiety far too often. For me, it always gets way worse at night too! I’m finally in bed ready to get some much needed sleep before Kallos wakes up to eat. Then suddenly I have all the problems of the world swirling around in my mind. All my greatest fears seem to be popping in to wave hello and say “Hey! Remember me? I’m still here!”
Can you relate?
I want to share something that has been helping me get through those anxious moments. I hope it helps you rest in the true peace and comfort that comes with being a child of God and living in His presence.
Wading Into Unknown Waters
Have you seen the movie Harriet? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it! (You can rent it on Amazon Prime!) It’s about Harriet Tubman- one of my favorite inspirational characters in American History. We can learn a lot from this brave woman- but the movie really capitalizes on how she would walk by faith and the crucial role her faith had in guiding her through the uncertain and dangerous events of her life.
There’s one scene in particular (spoiler alert ahead!) that really spoke to me. It’s the scene where Harriet is on her first rescue mission. She is leading quite a diverse group of slaves to freedom. There’s an elderly woman, a mother with a baby, and her brother is even in the group. There is an ambush waiting for them on the path that she is planning to take.
As they near the ambush, she hears God telling her it isn’t safe and to go a different way. So she walks by faith, changes course, and goes the way God is guiding her- which turns out, is directly to a big river!
When it becomes clear that she is planning to have them cross the river, the members of the group become scared. They can’t swim and they assume they will drown in the river! Her brother even turns against her and tells the others to follow him instead as he goes a different route.
Despite the push back from the group, Harriet raises her hands up in the air (so her gun doesn’t get wet) and begins wading into the unknown waters. The current looks strong, it’s night and you can’t see what is beneath the water. Harriet is a very short woman- as she wades in, the water rises higher and higher until it almost reaches her chin.
Our Prayer in Uncertain Times
As she nears the middle of the crossing, right when it seems the river will be at its deepest and she will be completely engulfed in its waters, she pauses. You can feel the fear rushing through her entire being. I don’t remember her exact words, but she prays something along the lines of “Lord, get me across this river.” Then, she continues her walk in faith.
What happens next? The water doesn’t rise. It stays the same and she is able to walk across the entire river without going under! Once the others see it’s not deep after all, they quickly get in and walk across, emerging safely on the other side.
What a beautiful picture of what our life as children of God should look like.
Oftentimes, God calls us to places we weren’t expecting. Life may feel like we are standing in a rushing river. There’s so many things swirling around and past us. We can’t even always see or understand it all clearly.
Oftentimes come up with our own narrative about what’s going to happen. We allow fear and our earthly understanding to direct us. “I’m going to drown!” “I’ll never make it across!” “God led me this far just to leave me to die in a river?!” I think we all have had versions of these thoughts.
Yet, those thoughts are all lies. It is in those times when Satan wants us to despair that we have to remember two things: God’s truths, and God’s commands.
The truth is, we have a God who calms the storms (Matthew 8:27b “Even the winds and the waves obey him!”) Whose power parted the waters so the Israelites could walk through (Exodus 14:16) who makes the lame walk and the blind see (Matthew 11:5) and who defeated sin and even death once and for all so we can have eternal life! (1 Corinthians 15:55).
The amazing thing about all of this, is not just how powerful and amazing God is, but that He imparts that power to US. God commanded Moses to stretch out his staff and part the sea. It was God’s power working through Moses to accomplish supernatural things and ultimately bring glory to God and accomplish God’s plan. When God calls you to it, He has a plan and the power to guide you through it. Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.”
We are commanded to be anxious for nothing. Philippians 4:6-7 says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
I don’t know about you, but I think being afraid of crossing a rushing river when you can’t swim seems like a pretty justified scenario to give in to anxiety- but God says no.
2 Corinthians 5:7 Says “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” If you read the verses surrounding this passage, you find that Paul is talking about the hope we have when our earthly body is destroyed. He is writing about the eternal hope we have in the Lord, and how that hope is better than anything else in the world, and it will all take place according to God’s perfect plan.
Friends, even in uncertain times, in a world where danger and evil still exists, where we often feel confused and powerless- we don’t have to live in fear. All we have to do is raise our hands in surrender to God and say the simple, but powerful prayer: “God, get me across this river.”
That’s what my middle of the night prayer has been many times these past couple months. I’m happy to report that God has always met me in those moments and provided His peace and comfort.
Walk by Faith in Uncertain Times
So although there is still a lot going on in our world, and it’s a good thing to be aware and informed and active in the areas God is calling you to- we should always take refuge in our heavenly father.
Psalm 46:1-3 says “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear; though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” (I encourage you to read the rest of the chapter to be inspired by the amazing power of our God!)
When the world sees us, they shouldn’t see the same hysteria and fear and stress that everyone else is governed by. When the world sees us, they should see God.
They should see His grace, peace, love, strength, and power. They should see our joy as we trust and stay focused on the incredible future hope we are blessed to have as His children! The only way we will experience these things and in turn be able to display them to others is if we keep our eyes on God and allow Him to guide and sustain us.
So I want to encourage you today to simply turn your eyes to the Lord and trust Him. Ask Him to get you across the rivers of uncertainty and fear. Take refuge in His presence and enjoy the peace, security, and joy that comes with being His child.
Psalm 46:9-11 says “He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the shields with fire. He says “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
I hope your week is filled with less anxiety and more joy because you are walking closely with the Lord! I’d love to connect more with you this week- you know I’m always hanging out on the gram, so feel free to head over and say hi and follow our daily life shenanigans there! Make sure you sign up for my weekly newsletter for more encouragement on all things mom life, faith, and clean living!