The Lord Directs.

The Bible says that "The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps." -Proverbs 16:9

Interestingly enough, the times in my life that that verse has seemed the truest have always been in retrospect. Funny how a little perspective can change everything.

When I was growing up, we moved a lot. My dad is an engineer--a brilliant, talented, impressive engineer. (I remember this fact being driven home during my teen years when one of my best guy friends in high school wanted to write a paper on my dad... after his "interview" with my dad he bragged to all our friends about the projects my dad had worked on and the great things my dad had done as an engineer) Well, needless to say, my dad faced a lot of lay offs in his line of work. Engineers commonly work on contracts-- couple that with a plummeting economy and you do the math. Well, all that to say, we did move quite a bit. I remember each time we had to move it felt like my entire world was crashing in around me. But now, as I look back, each and every move has been so influential on who I am as a person today. And the steps that those moves led me on have shaped the outcome of my life. Even though in the moment, none of them made sense--they were all pieces of a puzzle. All chapters in my story. And I couldn't have done without even one of them.

Never disdain a chapter in your life. You never know why that step had to be taken. You never can tell what the purpose of that moment in time truly is until you look back. Have you ever been swimming in the ocean--drifting along with current-- and suddenly you look back to your towel on the beach and are shocked with how far you are from it? It's like you didn't know how far you were going until you got there. That how life is. We don't always know where we're going or where we'll end up until we're there. And suddenly upon arriving we realize the significance of each wave, each chapter, each footstep, each decision, each moment.

Trust God. Trust His leading in each moment. You might not know what's happening right now, but you'll know. One day, you'll know.


Ria @ Life as a Wife! said...

CLAIRE! Your new blog look is AMAZING :) Thanks for having my button on the side --->

You are so sweet and that verse has really spoken to me time & time again. Bless you!!!

Shelly Ann said...

i really needed this you do not even know. thank you!

Stephanie M. Page said...

This is so true and I LOVE your new look! sooo fun and happy!!

~The Harrison Family~ said...

I couldn't agree with you more. It's so cool how we all have a "story" and how God uses our stories in so many ways when we allow Him to do so. It's not always easy and life is hard at times but I'm so thankful that God is faithful in the midst of our hardships!

I may have shared this with you before but my favorite verse lines up with "The Lord Directs."

It says:
"The Lord directs the steps of the Godly, He delights in every detail of our lives." Psalm 37:23

Always love reading your posts, Claire. I love seeing God shine through you in your writing. You're a blessing!


Emily said...

This is so true. It's hard to see at the moment but can always see after just what He's done and how far you came. (ps, sorry if that super long email I sent was a little much about confrontation way back when...)