The Road Ahead

I’m walking on a road right now. I know where it is leading me but I don’t understand how I’ll get there. I’ve sometimes thought that I knew the right way for me but my ideas never happened like that. No, He always had other plans for me. Often, they were hard, though in the end I was filled with joy and happiness. But still, the road there was a challenge.

Next week, I’m starting a new school year. It’ll be my last in the “safe” confines of home before I go off to university. Strangely enough, I’m more scared about the following months than the years after graduation. I guess that’s because I know that the road home isn’t always straight, clear, and fun. I’ve experienced too much grief and pain to convince me of that lie anymore. Yes, the road is always a challenge.

Sometimes, I lie in bed and wonder what this school year will bring. Will someone else die? Will I be hurt again? Will my insecurities return? Will sadness, disappointment, and down feelings mar my road? Because I know that the road of life is challenging.

But then I remember that I am a fool to think these thoughts. Yes, a fool. I may not know what is to become of me on the road ahead, but I know what I grew to be on the road left behind. And although I remember that that person was hard to become, I believe that she will not be shaken from what He has given her. God has been faithful to me. He has taken me from the darkness and into the light. Why should I worry when He has more than proven His love and protection over me? The road ahead will be a challenge, but He will fight the battle for me.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away  in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

Matthew 6: 25 – 27

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12 thoughts on “The Road Ahead

  1. Wow! Great post and lovely pictures ;) This is like what I’ve been learning too (the devotional I shared with you on Skype). God’s always there to help us through life!

    • Thanks, Kaleigh! (It was fun to take these pictures, wasn’t it?) It’s interesting how sometimes God teaches us the same things at the same times, isn’t it? I remember when you shared that devotional (it was really, really good, by the way!) how I was amazed because God had been teaching me the same thing! He used your words to encourage me even more in this matter. God truly is amazing. No one can say otherwise!

  2. I LOVE THIS POST! It really does speak to me. I’ve stopped trying to map out my ENTIRE life, because God’s plan doesn’t work that way! I feel Him pulling me in a general direction, a general destination, and I work for that; but I ultimately follow the road that He paves for me. Maybe, when I’m in heaven one day, I’ll get a road map and see the odd course of my life. Wouldn’t that be funny?

    Wonderful picture at the end, by the way. You’re beautiful. :)

    • Hehe, that would be funny! I love looking at the old, sometimes rather odd, maps that I tried to follow in past months and years. If we can remember things from earth when in heaven, I have a feeling it will be a very hilarious time!

      Thank you, Kate! You are beautiful, too!

  3. Absolute adore these pictures, but more I adore your heart after Christ. It is a true inspiration to see how wonderful of a woman of God you are developing into. The road does seem scary and the unknown can leave doubts, but the good part is that God is faithful. :) I’ve been learning this as I prepare for next year where I too will be at a University, away from my family and friends. The positive and encouraging part is that Christ will and is going with you on that road. :) great post

    Love you!

    • Thank you, Avonlea! :) And thanks for reminding me again of God’s faithfullness. Although I wrote this post and know it in my heart, I’m still scared and uncertain about the road ahead. Reading your comment really inspires me though!

      Love,
      Elizabeth

  4. Im not quite sure He’ll fight it for you, but He’ll definitely fight it with you… just saying… Good writing, though; I enjoyed reading it!

    Gil

    • Thanks Gil! Haha, you’re right…maybe…well, I’ll have to think about that. On one hand, I see myself doing nothing in comparison to how God works when I think about what I went through last year. But then again, I know tht He doesn’t just do things for me…I have to work at them myself, too. I love it when you comment…you always bring out such interesting points! :)

  5. Elizabeth! This is wonderful! I had just posted something brief on my blog along the same lines. Eep! Last year home for me too (unless I stay here which might happen though!) and it’s scary and exciting. God is so faithful though and will surely guide… Thanks for this post, my friend! <3

    • Thank you, MaryAnna! Its crazy, isn’t it? I keep thinking, “oh, wow this is my last year for this or that.” It is soo weird! I still feel like a little girl, waiting to grow up and while in some ways I still am that little girl, it is so hard to fathom that I am so close to all of those plans and dreams from long ago. I am ready though. Of course, there is still a lot of growth and learning that will take place, but I know that God has prepared me well for it. Everything has happened and will continue to happen in His perfect timing. While I am a bit apprehensive, I’m happy and certain that He knows best. May the Lord bless you in the year to come and always, as you continue to grow and live in His love!

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