Dwelling on the Blanks

Lake Michigan

My mind dwells on blanks. I want to know when all the things I’m praying and hoping and seeking and waiting for will come to pass. Much of the time, I’m thinking about my future rather than my present.

The other day, a scripture I used to read often, Isaiah 30:21, came back to me and caused a sudden flashback to my last year of college when I didn’t know what would happen next.

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”

As my thoughts sped through my senior year and how everything worked out the more I focused on God, a picture popped into my mind. A train surrounded by light traveled in a straight line. It was partly full with things, but as the train zoomed along, more things were put inside.

I saw those things as the blanks in my life that I want to be filled, but none of the packages had a date of arrival.

My inability to track the deliveries is the most important part. I could feel God nudging me. “Look straight ahead. Follow me. Walk in my way. Don’t turn to the right or left, and all of those blanks will be filled exactly when they need to be. For now, focus on what I’ve given You today.”

I thought about what God’s placed in my life for that day and the next, slowly nudging my brain from the sidelines, looking for packages, to the tracks in front of me. Life is about faith, patience and consciously choosing to walk out God’s present rather than fill in the future.


1 Comment

  1. Rachel,

    You are absolutely right! “Life is about faith, patience and consciously choosing to walk out God’s present…” Recently I read Scripture—Matthew 6:25-34, known as Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount.” I have read this Scripture many times before and have had some insight. This time, however, I read it in a different lens and understood it—rather revealed to me—in a bit deeper way, if I may. The phrases of verses 31 “…O you of little faith?” and 33 “But first seek his kingdom and his righteousness…” seized my attention. With that in my heart, I read your piece—wondering God’s different ways of getting his message across to his children.

    Seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness is, precisely, “… consciously choosing to walk out God’s present…” And I…you…have to do by faith—without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrew 11:6) and therefore one cannot “walk out God’s present” without faith –that is why Jesus said, “… O you of little faith…” Furthermore, it is faith in God that enables us to have patience.

    Indeed, you are correct, that is what a true Christian life should entail: Walk out God’s present by faith patiently. Thank you for becoming the piece mouth of God, at least to me. “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”


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