I’m driving down a country road surrounded by fields of wildflowers and tall trees. The evening sky is just beautiful. I stop to look at my surroundings and take them all in for just a moment. Ahead of me is a curve in the road. I have no idea what is around the bend. Will the road I’m on become rough, or will it be smooth? Will a bridge be washed out? Will the fields of wildflowers become barren pasture? I’m uncertain, but I place my foot on the gas and continue down this road I’m on.
I’m home. A pandemic has taken over the lives of everyone. Everything seems surreal. Almost every commercial that airs contains these two words, “uncertain times.” I ask anyone reading this, when have we ever not lived in uncertain times? Each day that we get out of bed is uncertain. None of us knows what the day, the next hour, minute, or second will bring. Our lives can change in the blink of an eye. We just place our foot to the gas pedal and go, hopeful that the road stays smooth for just a little while.
I live in a free country. I live in a country that for a moment was in a prosperous place. The economy was blossoming, and it seemed the sky was the limit. We had our foot to the gas pedal, but then we came upon this curve. We rounded the bend and the road became bumpier, the bridge washed out, and the fields of our prosperity became dry. I see people hurting. I hear people crying out. They are asking if there is any way out. They are asking when will this road we find ourselves on, come to an end?
I’m on my knees praying. I’m reading God’s Word. I’m asking Him to forgive my sins. I’m asking Him to bless this country once again. I’m certain the only thing that isn’t uncertain is God. He has put the brakes on us. He’s slowed us down. He wants us to realize that we aren’t in control. He wants us to stop along the road we are on and see Him, only Him. When we look at those beautiful wildflowers, the trees, the sunsets, it is all Him. Our prosperity is because of Him. Our blessings are His to give. Our freedom of choice comes from Him. When we are on the smooth road or on the rough road, He wants us to ask Him to lead the way. When we come to a bridge that has washed away, He wants to be our vessel across the deep waters. When we come across a beautiful field or barren land, He wants to be our guide. Satan wants us to round the curve, place our foot on the gas pedal, and become overwhelmed by the uncertainty of the world. God wants us to round the curve, put our foot on the gas pedal and because of His grace, leave uncertainty behind.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. —Psalm 23
The country road I was on and fields of wildflowers in Central Texas.