Life is a journey… a different path for each of us, and never what we might envision the future to be when we’re young, standing at the edge of tomorrow. We may sail along on a seemingly smooth course, expecting all our plans will come to fruition, but what we cannot see is the unexpected bend. What lies ahead is hidden from view. With each new day comes change… hardships and prosperity, struggles and triumphs, losses, fears and tears, joy and laughter, and blessings we too often take for granted.
This photo of Ganargua Creek was taken by my friend Kathy’s husband, Hugh Van Staalduinen. Ganargua, or “where the village sprang up”, was named centuries ago by the Iroquois Indians. Nicknamed “Mud Creek” for its murky water, the creek flows near Palmyra and Newark, continuing east to Lyons, a tributary of the Erie Canal. The creek is a favorite for canoeing and kayaking with a trail alongside that encourages hiking, an overall great natural wildlife environment.
And it was this beautiful image of a creek with its distant banks obscured by a foggy haze that brought this poem and these thoughts to mind. As we once again stand at the door to welcome a new year, we have no clue what lies ahead… just around the bend. We can only be in the moment, enjoying it for what it holds, leaving the unknown future in God’s very capable hands.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV) We can live in fear of the unknown, or live out our faith in hope and trust in someone greater than us. We can trust that no matter what might lie ahead, God will always be with us, guiding our steps as He weaves our life’s journey. We can hope for good to come out of the hardships, and appreciate the positive impact within our heart as we deal with challenges. We can be a blessing to others by simply being there for them in a tough time. We can pray for healing, as we look forward in faith, waiting for answers to our prayerful pleas. And, we can trust that even when the answers aren’t what we want, the Lord will ultimately bring about what He deems best… for we grow by facing and accepting whatever difficulty comes our way with a strong and quiet faith. And we are deeply grateful and thankful for the many blessings received.
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” (I Corinthians 13:12 ESV) God knows what lies ahead on our journey of life… He goes with us, just as he told Joshua before the Jews entered the Promised Land, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV) But, it’s up to us to trust Him, and to live by faith with hope in Him as He shows us the way… around the bend.
A very Happy New Year to you, dear Reader!
Journey of Life
Linda A. Roorda
Beauty unadorned in peaceful reflection
As gentle dawn pierces the haze,
While we gaze into the tunnel of time
And contemplate our journey of life.
This life’s adventure, a passage blest
Carried on streams of hopes and dreams,
With faith kept alive by promises sure
That all has meaning no matter the course.
An image from life captured forever
Of time standing still in unchanging scene,
While visions of yore blend future obscure
Harboring secrets of a path unknown.
As we sail into the hidden morrow
Seeking the ideal of heaven’s realm,
We fathom with trust the pathway ahead
And patiently wend this journey of life.
For there lies our faith, hope in the unseen
That One far greater protects and guides,
Trusting the day when glory shines through
And all is revealed in the Light of His Word.
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