In the last month, I have started a new hobby, hiking. I love to be outdoors and I needed to add more cardio in my life. Although it didn’t start out as a way to get alone with God, it has quickly become that.
I am out of shape. I don’t particularly like the cardio aspect of the hike. But each week, God has proven faithful in helping me get up that mountain. He helps me all the way to the flagpole on top. When I want to give up, He reminds me that I can do it, in His strength and not mine.
On my way to the top one day, I was praying “what next, Lord?” He began to show me that we always imagine getting to the top of the mountain, whether figuratively or literally. Once we get there, _____ will happen. Once I get there, things will be great. Once I do this, I can see clearly. The thing is, once we get to the top, it doesn’t look like what we imagined. Once we get to the top, there is more to see and now there is either further to climb or more to endure. Once we get to the “destination” we ask, “What’s next, Lord?”
I am guilty of being hyper focused on the future and making sure my steps are aligned with what I believe my future should be. I don’t tend to live in the present. “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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?” (Matthew 6:26-27)
Lord, help me to live in the present moment. Settle my heart and give me the peace to know you will provide and take care of me. It’s not my own strength in which I live my life, but by yours alone. You have gone before me and prepared my path. Your plan is much better than anything I could imagine. What’s next is walking in obedience with you in every area of my life. Thank you for being tender, loving, and guiding, even when I question every step. Please settle my heart to focus on you and follow the path you have set before me. Thank you, Lord. Amen.