Walking by Faith and Not Sight

“Walk by faith, not by sight”

Those words are the words in the Jesus Calling devotional from today. They jumped right into my line of sight tonight as I glanced down to read today’s reading.

As the weather here in North Dakota has been GLORIOUS this week (We are talking 50s and above, my friends),  I have been spending more time walking from here to there. In the winter months, I walk as quickly as I can to get in and out of the cold. But this week I have found myself taking in God’s awesome creation all around me. I have found myself walking through puddles and not even caring that my feet have gotten wet. I have watched the snow quickly melt as the grass begins to appear again. I have listened intently to the birds in the morning.

As I have paid attention, I have realized that I definitely am not always good at paying attention.  More times than not, I am caught up in the busyness of life and forget to look at the world around me. And then I find myself asking, what have I missed? Have I missed God bring that special person into my life? Or perhaps that person is there and I am not looking closely enough.

Do you know what I mean, friends? Are you afraid you haven’t seen…or heard something that God has shown or placed right in front of you?

Somedays I wish God would give me directional signs–a stop sign, a yield sign, an arrow this way, etc. But the truth is my friends we need to remember those words I read in my devotional tonight. We need to remember to trust in this one who gives us hope, who promises to never leave us or forsake us. We need to walk by faith not by sight!

If you are at all like me, there are indeed days when that is so much easier said than done. Yet I believe in a God who asks me…asks all of us to trust in him. We are to indeed walk by faith not by sight! I do believe God wants  us to see what God created. But I also know that God asks us to trust fully and wholey in him.

We indeed need to walk by faith not by sight!

God, help us to trust fully in you; to know that even when the path is dark, you can see the entire staircase. You know the way for us to go. You are the conductor of a beautiful orchestra; a conductor who continually teaches us about life’s high notes and low notes; about life’s ballads and life’s laments. Each note is carefully crafted and played by the one who created each of us and always walks with us. Help us to remember that we are to always walk by faith and not by sight. Amen!

“Faith is taking the first step even when we cannot see the whole staircase.”–Martin Luther King Jr.

12 thoughts on “Walking by Faith and Not Sight

  1. Beautiful words, my friend! Words I need to hear…and the prayer, so much needed! Thanks for sharing what we already know – to walk by faith and not by sight; but to keep our eyes open to see what God has put before us!

    • Bethany, a friend shared that devotion with me. I am loving it! I am glad that this post made your might SO much better. I too am always surprised at the amazing ways that God works and love when God works in those ways too.

  2. This is so good. I love the way you put this together. I live on the in LA and it isn't really hard to forget how lucky i am. The weather is almost perfect and the ocean is amazing. I often find myself thanking God for blessing me. Every once and awhile I have to pinch myself because I can't believe how lucky i am. Someday sooner than I would like we will move again and I will celebrate Springs arrival as you are doing. Brings me back to my Ohio days.

  3. Tara, this is really good. I am reminded of something Joyce Meyer said once. To take a different route when going somewhere to see different things. Or if you take a walk around the block, walk on the opposite side of what you're accustomed because you will notice different things. Sounds silly, but try it! xo

    • Susan, thank you! That Joyce Meyer quote is great. Last night after Lenten services, I came out the main sanctuary door and didn't need to go back to my office, so I walked the complete opposite way that I normally walk home. You are right I did notice different things! 🙂 I need to remember to take a different route more often!

  4. Oh friend – yes! We have had glorious weather as well and I find myself drinking it in with so much thankfulness… even though we may pay for it later, I am loving it now! It feels like an early present… and I find myself yearning for other gifts… searching them out and noticing them along the way! (Did you know that there is a #1000gifts APP for your smartphone? You can snap a photo and add it to your list! How much do you love that?)

  5. AMEN! AMEN! AMEN! I needed to read this today! I am a planner and I like to "know what's ahead" instead of just living each day with joy and anticipation knowing that God is ultimately going to guide my every step. Praying that you can continue to walk in His presence, enjoying His creation, and waiting in faith!

    Blessings-
    Christine

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