A prayer for when the road you are on is hard to see

Lead me

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that, if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust You always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone.

– Thomas Merton

God is watching over you

Here is a song from 1870 to remind us that we are never alone. If you are feeling unsure of what is around the corner…soak in these words…and rest in the assurance that God is guiding you to where you need to be.

Precious promise God has given
To the weary passerby,
On the way from earth to Heaven,
“I will guide thee with Mine eye.”

When temptations almost win thee
And thy trusted watchers fly,
Let this promise ring within thee,
“I will guide thee with Mine eye.”

When thy secret hopes have perished
In the grave of years gone by,
Let this promise still be cherished,
“I will guide thee with Mine eye.”

When the shades of life are falling
And the hour has come to die,
Hear thy trusty Pilot calling,
“I will guide thee with Mine eye.”

-Nathaniel Niles

A pile of bills, A choice, and A path made straight.

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It doesn’t matter what is going on in the world, those who trust in God do not have to be led by their circumstances.

Because those who trust in God are people who learn to look by faith and not by sight.

For example, as I was getting prepared to start back up in school after the summer break, I started running short of money.

I knew that God did not want me to quit school, so I prayed and felt that he told me to stand firm.

When I looked with my natural eyes at my bills that started to pile up, I was tempted to freak out, and get a job (probably minimum wage) that would almost pay the bills, if I was lucky.

I knew that I could not put in the forty-plus hours a week that my university required of me and keep a job too, so I asked God in prayer if He wanted me to drop out and He strongly answered no.

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. ~ Psalm 125:1

About a week later when taking my morning prayer walk, I kept hearing the word grant over and over, so I got a clue, and found out about a grant that my college had.

I applied and was accepted in an hour. It is enough extra money to keep me going for a while.

And that is how God works. He wants us to not act out of our circumstances but out of our trust in Him.

 


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