“I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, And not forsake them.”
–Isaiah 42-16 (NKJV)

As a blind hospital chaplain, I have seen God guide me in amazing ways. That is why I don’t have to let a physical challenge stop me. We often hold ourselves back because we think something is impossible, but we forget that all things are possible with God.

Once, back when I was single, I needed my earbuds for a project. I frantically searched for them, but I found nothing, and I was getting all worked up about it. I decided to sit down on the couch for a minute and think about what to do next. After quieting myself down, I prayed and asked God where the earbuds were located. I heard his still, small voice speaking in my heart, telling me to look outside. I opened the screen door, and there they were on the sidewalk.

While that story sounds great, you may be wondering what it have to do with you. Simply this, my friend: When you think your life is out of control, remember that nothing you are facing is too big or small for God to handle. He cares about that lost job or deceased loved one, and He cares about the smallest details in your life. Things may not improve right away, but keep on trusting in God to lead you through life, for He ultimately has your good in mind.

Many times, we want to walk with God on our own terms, or go ahead of Him entirely. When we move before He directs us, we’re exactly like a blind person who refuses to be led because of his own pride. If you allow a trusted person to lead you through an unfamiliar area, they can guide you around obstacles you didn’t realize were in your path. But when you don’t listen to directions, you’re bound to find your way to trouble sooner or later. (I can tell you from experience that it really hurts to fall down steps, especially without warning.)

If someone moves ahead along a dangerous path, there will almost always be consequences, and so it is in life. In many ways, we are all blind to God’s plans. We need to ask Him to open our eyes to His power, majesty and love.

In order to be led, you must be willing to surrender to the leader, submitting to the lordship of Christ and letting him guide you through the dark times in your life. God loves you with an indescribable, love, and He wants to guide you through the maze of life, but the question is: Will you let Him be your guide? If you say “Yes Tim, I’m tired of walking in circles!”, then take His hand by faith, and let Him make your crooked ways straight today. Remember that even though the path may be bumpy, Jesus will gladly be your faithful guide if you trust in God’s ways.

Thank you for reading this, and may the Lord give you a wonderful week! We are trying to reach people who are hurting, so if God lays it on your heart, please consider becoming a partner with us. If you would like to make a donation, please visit www.hcmachaplains.org and click on the Donate Now link. You may also send your donation to http://www.gofundme.com/tznwnc. Finally, you can send donations by mail to HCMA (Healthcare Chaplains Ministry Association). Our ID number is 560. The address is 377 E. Chapman Ave., Suite 260, Placentia, CA 92870.

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