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It’s Five Minute Friday time!

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This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:

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Ready? GO.

Do you ever wonder what God’s will is for your life? Have you ever felt like His plan for you is hidden? Do you ever feel as if you’re standing at a crossroads, unable to discern which is the broad path that leads to destruction, and which is the narrow path that leads to life?

I know I do.

I’ve written about it before, how I sometimes feel as if I’m standing before two paths, both overgrown with weeds and brambles, and I don’t know which way I’m supposed to go. The path seems hidden.

I turn my eyes toward heaven and raise my arms in question, asking, “What? What do You want me to do?”

Of course, I don’t always get a clear response. Sometimes the direction comes days, even weeks, later.

But sometimes I think I over-complicate things. I stress and analyze and debate, weighing options, fretting over what might happen if I choose the wrong way.

But you know what? I don’t think it’s as difficult as I often make it out to be.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Did you hear that? He will make straight your paths.

Psalm 16:10a says, “You make known to me the path of life.”

 

You make known to me the path of life.

 

His way is not hidden.

Ultimately, God’s will for me (and you) is plain and simple: “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved” (Acts 16:31).

Yes, we will be faced with crossroads and difficult, blurry decisions in this life. But if we acknowledge the One who made every plan and knows all things, He will make our paths straight.

Amen?

STOP.

 

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22 thoughts on “five minute friday :: hidden

  1. I’ve definitely lived through seasons when it felt like God’s will was hidden. I love that verse in Psalm 16:10. There’s such comfort in it! Knowing that God WILL make known to us the path of life. We may not always see it right away, but He is always faithful to keep His word, right? Thanks for keeping the “main thing” the “main thing,” Kate!

  2. I loved your post today. There is an area where it definitely feels like God’s will is hidden just now, but I think I over-complicate it too. Thanks for the verses you shared and the reminder to keep our eyes on him and trust him to direct us.

  3. […] Five Minute Friday host, Kate Motaung, and I exchanged emails early yesterday evening – remember the FMF book I mentioned months ago? We are finalizing the book and preparing for launch! More to come on that. Hubs and I were neck deep in the History channel’s series, ALONE, so I never even set foot in the party last night. I mean, how does one go to a party when a man is ankle-deep in muck staring into the eyes of an 800-pound black bear? Not I! […]

  4. I’m going through this crossroads right now, so I’m able to connect with your post very well. I liked the way you highlighted, “make the path straight”. Which means, whichever path is in store for us according to His will is the straight path! We are not missing out on anything. The crossroads, become a straight path. Wow, wonderful.

  5. […] Every Friday we unite for five minutes to write on one word. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second-thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on hidden. Go. […]

  6. Hi Kate! I love the reminder from you and others that the Lord keeps hidden and reveals. I am encouraged to trust Him! Trust Him in what He has revealed, and trust Him in what is hidden and yet to be made known. Trust His word and what it says about Him and what He’ll do. So LOVE the word “hidden”! So rich. Blessings!

  7. Amen! Although we often feel as if God’s plan is mysterious and hidden to us, I agree that we over-complicate it. He says that if we lack wisdom to ask and he will give it! I’m not saying it’s not difficult or confusing at times, and that we don’t need to seriously think, plan and pray about major decisions, but in the end if we are attempting to follow Christ, he will make the path plain. Thanks for sharing this wonderful reminder!

  8. Kate,
    one of my favorite Isaiah passages which we used as the theme verse for our 5th/6th grade group in the past was, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”
    Isaiah 30:21.

    Your post definitely reminded me of this. And I can relate well to the choices-not wanting to make the wrong one. Sometimes God’s blessing is in both of them, they are both good choices. We are so caught up in the minor yes and no’s and maybe He’s less consumed with micromanaging us. 🙂

    Thank you again for being here every week, whether or not we can join in. I always feel welcome.
    Love,
    Tammy (#7 this week)

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