A journey of trust

I drove along the unfamiliar road, going maybe 50 mph at best. The sun was quickly setting in the west, much faster than I had hoped. I had left my house forty minutes earlier for the hour and a half road trip, equipped with nothing more than anxiety over navigating country roads by myself and – of course – my trusty GPS.

His name is Walter. You  know, the faceless guy who gives you minute-by-minute driving directions. The same one that announces, “You missed your exit. One moment. Redirecting.” Walter and I had made several trips together before this night, and he’d not given me any reason to doubt him before now.

Yet—as darkness settled down amongst the trees on either side of this narrow county road—heaviness settled on my shoulders. The beauty from the sunset quickly lost its glow for me as I realized I was alone on back roads that were strange to me. And growing stranger by the minute.

Walter broke into my thoughts, causing me to jump at the sound of his voice. “Turn left in 800 yards.”

I swallowed hard, glancing around me. I wasn’t at all sure that Walter was right this time.

Trees—tall and close together—were all I could see on either side of me. There were none of the telltale markers I’d been assured I would see.

I fought against the pounding in my heart and the uncertainty that taunted my mind.

At 800 yards…I turned. Walter had told me too, after all…

I drove on—in blind faith—for another three or four miles. Just as I was about to succumb to the fear and the anxiety, I began to catch glimpses of those markers. And then I heard Walter’s voice again.

“You have reached your destination.”

This jaunt down an unfamiliar country road  so closely parallels my journey through life at times. Just when I feel surrounded by unsurmountable obstacles, just when I feel isolated and alone, just when I feel I have lost my way…

I hear His voice.

Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. – Psalm 37:3

I may not always see the way clearly. I may not always maintain confidence in my path. I may not even make the trip without doubt or without fear.

My job is to continue the journey.

His voice has never given me any reason to doubt His direction before.

Blind faith tells me I will one day hear these sweet words…

You have reached your destination.”

7 Responses to A journey of trust
  1. deb
    January 23, 2011 | 12:26 pm

    I just love reading your post…you hit home each and every time! Thank you!

  2. Beth
    January 23, 2011 | 6:48 pm

    Great post, Staci! We’ve just got to follow His directions!

  3. Kendra
    January 24, 2011 | 6:27 am

    What a sweet devotion. This truly touched my heart. I can so relate to not trusting…sometimes it is easier not to trust than to trust.

    Thank you for sharing and may God use these words to bless other,

  4. Kimberly
    January 24, 2011 | 7:06 am

    Wonderful devotion. I can so easily slip into doubts and worries when the path is dark and unclear, but truly, as you said, He has never let me down before.

    Thanks for this great reminder! I needed it as I am moving forward into some unfamiliar territory. 🙂


  5. Carol Meshelle
    January 24, 2011 | 10:36 am

    Sounds like some roads I’ve been down before; scary and unsure of myself, but knowing if I keep listening to the voice of direction that I will arrive at my goal. God has always been the very best GPS. Thanks for your timely thoughts.

    • Staci
      January 25, 2011 | 9:10 pm

      I so enjoy reading all your comments. This journey is so spectacular. Sis. M – I love you!!!

  6. Ken
    February 11, 2011 | 7:27 am

    My wife sent this to me yesterday. And I just finished reading it this morning. Thank You for the reminder, it was so much needed this morning, and Thank You for beautiful thoughts and loving words. But most of all, thank you for being a friend.