Recently, I had to rent a 14 foot U-Haul truck to move. Dusk had settled in by the time we finished packing. Thunderclouds were stacking up in the darkening sky their rumbling growing deeper. Climbing into the cab of the truck I headed off to my new home.
I was hoping that the storm would hold off until I was off the roads. Unfortunately, the rain attacked while I was still on the408 Toll Road.
You have to understand that I am use to driving a small Honda Fit. Driving a truck this size was way out of my comfort zone. Add pouring rain to the mix and I was not a happy camper! As it got darker, along with raining harder, it became difficult for me to see where I was going. My dad had trained me to scan the road ahead always alert, but I could barely see a foot in front of the truck’s hood. The rain was blinding me. My knuckles were turning white where they clung to the steering wheel.
I inhaled deeply, loosened my death grip, and concentrated on the foot of space I could see through the shoddy windshield wipers. I drove one foot at a time. The good news: I made it safely to my new home – all in one piece.
Sometimes, in life we become blinded by the overwhelming circumstances in our lives. We can’t see where we are going or if there is even a path in front of us. At times we might want to just stop – camping out in the chaos – too scared/overwhelmed to even try to move forward. Unfortunately, that will not change our circumstances…they will continue to attack…thundering all around us.
The only way to get through the blinding rain is to focus on what is visible in front of us. Even if we can only see a few inches ahead of us, we need to step out in faith into those few inches that we can see – trusting that Jesus is walking right beside us through the rain.
I am reminded of the famous quote from AA, “One day at a time.” For some of us it is “One hour at a time.” That’s all we can manage. And that is okay…if we do our best, God will do the rest!
The good news is that He will walk with us through the blinding rain. He will honor that hour that we struggle through. He will pick us up when we falter. And He will clear a path through the obstacles of our life.
So, don’t give up. Take Jesus’ hand walking through your life one step at a time.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and
Your staff they comfort me.