After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia,
but the Spirit did not permit them.
~ Acts 16:7 ~
Sometimes as we journey along the path our good Lord has made for us, we encounter a barrier that baffles us. It is designed by God to lead us in a different direction, and is also an opportunity for us to accept His will, or “kick against the goad.” How we respond brings either conflict or peace.
The past three weeks my daughter and I faced the reality that the Bible study we love was not having a teen group. This week, Noah prayed diligently and passionately and asked our Lord that a teen group form; I tried to help by offering to teach, but the decision was irrevocable—that door was closed.
We discussed the options that were available to us, but it was difficult to accept our Lord’s will. It hurt deeply. How do we let go of family we love? How do we let go of all that is precious about the Bible study we have attended for the past three years?
We both wrestled with letting go, but as Psalm 30:5b states, Weeping may endure for a night, But joy [comes] in the morning. We gave our hurt to the Lord, allowed Him to comfort us, and accepted that we needed to move away from one Bible study setting to another.
Proverbs 20:24 says, The LORD directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way? It goes along with Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
I have peace about the new direction God has for us; and understand that His peace is a gift when we receive and accept His will. A friend told me what a pastor said in regard to implicitly trusting our Lord with our circumstances, “God doesn’t intend that we handle anything that He intends to handle Himself.” I interpret this as, “Receive and accept My will; I have made a way for you.”
I do not know what is ahead of us in this new homeschooling year, but I know that our journey is never alone—our God walks with us and guides us with His eye in the way that we should go (Psalm 32:8). And though changing direction may be difficult, we will get to see new things, make new friends, and trust Him more. I am convinced—Father knows best.
Heavenly Father, as we let go of one group of sisters and friends, help our hearts to heal and be ready to meet the new group of sisters and friends we will meet. Thank You for being with us and leading us gently and with purpose, providing us with families we know and love to join us at our new Bible study, and for comforting us with Your love and peace as we transition. We turn our hearts toward You as You direct our decisions because You are trustworthy. It is in Jesus’ precious and mighty name that we pray, amen.