It was a cold, snowy day and as I looked out my front window to see what the road looked like, it was easy to see that there was some clearing, but it wasn’t until I walked out there and stood on the road that I seen how truly icy and snow-covered it really was.
Sometimes as we go through life, it’s easy to stand back from the window and see something from one perspective, but it’s not until we’re the ones walking that road that we can see what it’s truly like. This is a lesson that my husband and I have learned over the last several months during his unemployment.
Every road looks different from a walking view because that’s when we can see every rock, every piece of broken glass, every obstacle, and in this case every inch of snow and ice. It’s when we’re out there walking with bare feet in the trenches that we can appreciate the protection of not only shoes, but the window that we’re sometimes able to look through. We never realize how treacherous the roads really are until we’re the one walking it.
We are firm believers that God allows everything in our lives for a purpose, and we believe this because we have seen some of His purpose through everything that we have faced to some degree. He may not cause it to happen, but He will use it for our good and His glory. Though the last several months have been challenging, our eyes have seen a different view of many things, and our hearts have been filled with more compassion and love than they have ever been.
We are seeing more and more everyday why it’s so important to seek God’s word and face when we’re looking for truth. Staying in His word gives us the strength we need to face what’s splashed on us by the passing cars that can’t possibly see what we can. We don’t blame the drivers for not seeing what we do, instead we pray that they won’t ever have to walk this road to see it for themselves. We can never fully understand what something feels like or what someone is facing until we too face it, but we can toss out what we think we see and reach out to them through love and compassion.
Sure, as we’ve been walking we have been soaked by tires hitting the puddles as they keep on going believing what they hear, but we have had far more drivers stop and ask us how they can help and that has been such a blessing to our tired feet. Life out here isn’t what it seems to be from the windows, no, it’s quite different from the picture that’s been painted and fed to all the world. But life out here has taught us many valuable lessons that we are packing and taking with us while we wait on our God to pick us up and place us where He wants us next.
Sometimes the way God chooses to use us may not be how we would choose but once we are right in the middle of where He allowed us to go, we begin to see He had purpose and that’s where we can reach out in love and compassion. We don’t have to wait for what we believe is our destination to make a difference, He’s looking for us to make a difference where we are on our journey.
God is faithful, and just as His word says we don’t have to fear because He goes before us and He never leaves us! We often look for a room with a view and think that’s where we’ll see what’s breathtaking, but we’re learning what’s truly breathtaking is the view from the road!
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8