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By Marni Montanez

Isaiah 42:16 New International Version

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do;   I will not forsake them.

For some of us the changes that lead us into the unfamiliar is difficult.  Changes are not always comfortable, since they usually bring us into territories we have never entered before.  These new territories in our life can sometimes create insecurityÖÖ.. for as we venture into the new it requires letting go of the old. This affects us most in our emotions.

Eliminated things in our life leaves us with nothing  to hold onto, until we learn to hold on to God.  At first we are unable to see beyond our fear and it does not feel safe, but as the fog of unhealed and unsurrendered areas fade, our sight begins to clear. Blindness commonly refers to a lack of physical  sight, but in this case it can be addressing our lack of spiritual sight.  Without Godís wisdom and insight we are blind.   

As Christians we go through many changes that are emotional and spiritual in nature. This is an open door to maturity, if we submit to and trust God in it.   In these places, we learn to be dependent on Him.  We also, learn what faith looks like.  We find that we need His wisdom and grace to maneuver through the curvy roads and uphill climbs.  

The more we lose whatís been  ďfamiliarĒ to us, the more we realize we donít have control.  Surrendering control to God,  enables Him to bring us through each storm instead of being overcome by them.  A journey of growth depends on hard times that are rocky and rough, but God teaches us how to walk on each new path with excellence and a sure foot. In time, as we let go of what we donít need,  we find the once hard to walk places become smooth and easy to travel. God will get us to our destination regardless of the choices we make and the wrong ways we go.  As long as our hearts are willing, He will guide us.  

 If we keep our minds focused on God and His goodness, thanking Him along the way , Eventually the unfamiliar will become familiar and the surrounding darkness of doubt will be  replaced  with the light of faith.  In this light the things we are in bondage to are exposed and we then can see the truth.  This truth,  once unfamiliar, becomes a comfort and the suddenlies in our life will not throw us off course.  Itís not about what we face that gets in the way, itís about determining the outcome by what we see with our physical eyes.   Our spirit eyes are our true eyes.  With them we see who God really is and that He is hard at work on our behalf.  Whatís familiar to us wonít work in this ever changing world.  It will keep us bound to the past instead of free in the present that leads to an incredible future in Godís hands.

Challenge:  continue to walk through these unfamiliar times by praising God and thanking Him for where He is leading you. Keep seeking Him even when everything seems strange and difficult

God bless you

Marni

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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.