Grace, in the unknown, is trusting God with the unseen.

Dearest Reader, 

It’s been thirty-eight days in quarantine. Again, thirty-eight days since a National Emergency was declared. Most days, it feels as if we are riding a roller coaster of emotions; loneliness, isolation, and fear. Anxiety is at an all-time high. Besides all of this, we’re all wanting to know when we can get a hair cut.

In the meantime, it may feel as if God is far away.

“Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” Psalm 10:1 

What do I mean? Grace, in the unknown, is trusting God with the unseen.

There have been many times in my life when I’ve felt as if God was far away, usually, in seasons of desperation or times of trouble. When I’m hurting, God feels hidden.

The truth is, I’m the one hiding. Sound familiar? When we are harboring sin or trying to manipulate and control a situation, our propensity is to hide.

“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord among the trees of the garden.” Genesis 3:8

In this case, God had commanded Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. However, they disobeyed. And so they hid. They didn’t trust God with what they didn’t know.

Grace, in the unknown, is trusting God with the unseen.

What I’ve come to learn is that God has an aerial view, we do not.  Where the curve blinds us, He sees ’round the bend. God knows and understands what we cannot. And that, Dearest One, is a wide-open space of grace in the unknown and trusting God with the unseen.

If I had known decades ago the heartache, the hardships, the loss, and pain I would suffer, I would have chosen a different way.

But I would have missed God’s grace. I would have bypassed his provision and protection over me.

Beauty is not always knowing.

In this unprecedented time in history, let’s reach for His Grace In the unknown and trust Him with the unseen. 

In the meantime, lean in and pay attention.

  • What is God teaching you in this season?
  • How do you respond?
  • What needs to change in your heart?
  • Where are we seeing God in your days?
  • Where are you finding grace and beauty in the wilderness?

Let me know by commenting below or sending a private email to tlmashburn@yahoo.com

Lastly, I am here to encourage you, equip you, and guide you as you redefine your wilderness.

Your Wilderness Guide,

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*Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotes are in the English Standard Version from Bible.com

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“There is no space to live well or love well, much less pursue the God who created us to be in fellowship with Him. We close the gap between what we need and what we want with more. Our spinning lives and broken hearts are empty while appearing full. We paste a smile on our face and tell anyone who asks we are okay while inside we are shattering a million different ways.” -Mornings In The Word