He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. – Psalm 91:1 (ESV)
Trust that is not tested is no trust at all. Sometimes, our trust takes us into the shadow of the Almighty. This is the place of mystery where God does great work. This is the place where we don’t always see the end from the beginning. But, this is the place where we can be in the shelter of the presence of God.
I learned how to drive when I was nine years old. North Dakota fields have wide-open spaces and few obstacles. For a beginning driver, it’s the perfect place to learn. Driving in the city is another matter completely. I remember my first trip to Minneapolis. Everyone was driving so fast that I had to keep up or get out of the way. Since that early driving lesson, I’ve driven in many major cities and have found that while each city has unique characteristics, the driving remains the same. Fast and furious.
Trusting God isn’t quite like learning how to drive but learning how to follow. Situations are unique and what we learned in one season doesn’t always carry over to the next. In trusting God:
I’ve learned that disappointment can halt a journey.
I’ve learned that fear can cause unnecessary detours.
I’ve learned that God always knows where He is going, even if I don’t.
If you are in a shadow place where you can’t see the end of the road, take heart. God’s been there before and He will take you to the conclusion of your situation. Trusting God completely gives Him room to work in the shadows of your situation. Just because it becomes dark doesn’t mean that God has left you to fend for yourself. Shadows are the places where God can work wonders.
Don’t be disappointed that God didn’t meet your expectations; He’s probably planning to exceed them. Don’t be afraid of the uncertainties, God is building your trust in Him. Be bold in following, that’s the best way to arrive at your destination.