Life really is a never-ending lesson, isn’t it?
Every day that passes, every month that goes by, brings us to another level of understanding. It is both awe-inspiring and frustrating, because at some point we come to the realization that we will never do any of it perfectly. Every new thing that comes our way will require a skill or insight not yet learned. Yes, we will learn it soon enough by going through the trial, and may even be able to lean on the wisdom of others, but it will be a lesson none the less. Another reminder of our imperfection.
I was reading in the Psalms the other morning, and I had to sit and let this one sink in…
“The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’” Psalm 32:8
The Lord is my 20/20 vision. I’d have to be honest and say that every lesson learned throughout life has been made known only by his guidance. Without him, I am like a person caught in a windstorm – being pelted with rain, hail, and wandering about aimless just looking for somewhere to hide. Going from one dark corner to the next.
But when I look to the Lord to advise me, he does. He guides me along the best pathway for my life. I’m no longer wondering aimless. My eyes may still be closed and the wind whips all around my body, but my hand is clasped firmly is his, and my footing is made certain. And best yet, he leads me to calm waters. Green pastures. Safe places. Because that’s who he is, and that’s how he cares for those who place their trust in him.
It is in our imperfections that Christ’s grace is fully realized.
May the storms of our lives prompt us to reach our hand out ahead of us in search of our Savior, and may we rest assured that he will grab hold and lead us steady on.