When you come to think about it, we are all walking blind through life really, not knowing where we are going or what lies ahead.
“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them.” NIV
It is not surprising then that many would want to stick to familiar, well-worn paths. It’s safer, more predictable. Besides, there are so many others traveling down those same familiar paths and that brings a certain level of comfort and security.
On the other hand, God is always seeking to do new things in our lives, things that often cannot be found along the familiar and crowded pathways of life.
“See, I am doing a new thing” (Isaiah 43:19). “From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you” (Isaiah 48:6).
He has such incredible plans for each one of us, way beyond anything we can think or imagine. He wants us to find our purpose, to be all that we were created to be. He wants to stretch us that we may contain the fullness of His glory. He wants to grow us to attain to the fullness of His stature. We want to go to the river, He wants us to be a river!
Often the familiar paths lead to what is already familiar, to what has already been accomplished, to yesterday’s dreams and opportunities past. And so He calls us to walk the unfamiliar paths – to new destinations, to new dreams and new things.
And, like Abraham, He invites us to set out not knowing where we are going. The only promise we have is that He will be with us, that He will guide us. The future may look dark and uncertain, but He promises to light the way. The path ahead may seem difficult and full of challenges, but He promises to give us strength for the day, grace from above.
This is a journey of trust and yes, of blind faith. We can choose to stick to the old familiar paths and places, leaning on our own understanding and looking to the crowd for security, or we can take the unfamiliar paths of God.
When you think of it, isn’t it better to walk blind if God is our guide than to have sight and not know where you are going?
And so I want to encourage you this morning: if you sense that God is inviting you down unfamiliar paths, don’t be afraid. It means that God wants to do a new thing in your life. It means that God is getting ready to show you new and hidden things that you have not known before.
And remember this: the unfamiliar paths also lead to times of great intimacy with God. He knows that we are walking blind and He draws closer. And we know we are walking blind and we hold more closely to Him. The unfamiliar paths are really the best the Lord has to offer! Enjoy the journey!