For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
I learned many wonderful lessons while in Maine this past summer. One was that hiking alone in the deep wilderness can be foreboding. In the morning you may find yourself in a deep rocky ravine between the sides of two mountains, barely able to glimpse the sky above. In the afternoon you may be in a rugged, old-growth forest, completely surrounded by trees with no view but down and soggy feet. In either case, you’re headed toward a destination you can’t see. Aided by a cell phone and number to the ranger station you trudge on with certain expectation of your direction. If you’re me, you get stuck in a predicament, pray hard and have to use the phone.
Isn’t that what the Christian life is like at times? Walking toward a destination we can’t see, but one we have every confidence of finding. The destination may be in this life, such as a decision about our career or family. Or it may be the eternal destination. Either way, we have a heavenly Companion we can depend on for guidance. We don’t know specifically what next week, or eternity, will look like. We’re moving toward destinations we can’t see. But that’s not a problem since we walk by faith, not by sight.
Walking by faith means seeing life differently. We must be prepared to trust in God, where we aren’t permitted to see, for that which He has yet to reveal.