As we walk through life, we make detours and shortcuts, or we can get a little lost, and sometimes it can seem like there’s no rhyme or reason to our path. As time goes on, I am more and more convinced of the truth of Proverbs 16:9:
And your ears shall hear a word behind you: “This is the way; walk in it,” when you would turn to the right or the left.
We are not alone. God is coordinating, orchestrating and working on our behalf, and doing so in the tiniest details of our lives. It seems to me the things that appear small to us might very well turn out to be of much bigger consequence than we could ever guess: right or left, go or stay, sit or walk, look down or up. As Beth Moore says, He is a God not only of time, but He is a God of timing. We may wander, but we’re never lost. As I climbed the steps of my porch, I noted my nativity set by the door. Keeping it there was something new I tried this Advent, and I loved the reminder whenever I left my house or came home, that our God is a God of hope in the waiting, of miraculous help to our broken human condition. Our God breaks through in the mess. And it’s the biggest grace I could have asked for this Christmas – I believe it. As I see the little baby Jesus there by the door, I’m reminded of the words from a Christmas hymn I just love.
The human heart plans the way, but the LORD directs the steps.
The baby that all beheld, the same baby Mary held is the same God who is holding us now. ("Silent Night," Christy Nockels)Emmanuel. God with us. As it says in Psalm 121,
Every day, at every door, on every walk, through every detour, He’s in it, working for the good. He is a God of great surprises. I can’t wait to see what’s around the bend.
The LORD will guard your coming and going both now and forever. (Psalm 121:9)
Copyright 2019 Kerry Campbell
About the Author
Kerry Campbell is a Catholic-Christian preschool music teacher, church cantor, writer, full-time noticer, and Mom to two college students. She’s letting the details of her life inform her wider view in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. She loves connecting with readers, so find her writing at MyLittleEpiphanies.com and please say hello!