trust him: because he is a light to my path

This is the second part of a three part series. If you missed part one, click here.

An icy adventure

It was freezing. I knew that because my fingers were numb, my skin dry, and the wind felt like needles on my exposed cheeks. Native Icelanders seemed to have few troubles as they passed us by, but this was no easy hike for a few foreigners. We slowly trekked along the icy trail as the memory of the sun continued to fade.

Suddenly, I was no longer concerned with my unfeeling fingers or sharp gusts of wind. I couldn’t help but see the pictures that this adventure drew. Every detail of last December’s experience developed into a metaphor as God reminded me to trust Him.

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I did not want to hold the flashlight. If I fell, what if it stopped me from catching myself? I had no intention of sliding off of the cliff—we were all going to make it back down the mountain in one piece, gosh darn it.

But the sun had been down for quite some time now (the sun is only out for a few hours during Icelandic winters), and it was getting too dark to make out the difference between snow and ice on the ground. So I grudgingly gripped the flashlight.

The light that it produced was just enough to illuminate the ground one or two steps in front of me. Naturally, I like to know where I am and where I am going, so this was extremely frustrating at first. I wanted to see the surrounding mountains, streams, and curves in the path—maybe I would recognize where we were so I could mentally keep track of how much further we might have to go. The problem was, if I allowed my eyes to adjust to the darkness, I could no longer see the ground in front of me. I could not have both big-picture and finite details in focus simultaneously.

A metaphor

Jesus is often called The Light.

Throughout this hike, Psalm 119:105 kept coming to mind. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Like my flashlight, drawing close to Jesus and allowing Him to light my path reveals the next steps I need to take. Not the next 20 like I’d prefer, but usually just the next one or two. Following Christ is a constant call to trust Him with our futures. And this is exactly what He was telling me to do.

He promises to not leave us alone in the darkness. But what He doesn’t guarantee is a full understanding of where we’re going. There is no 5, 10, or 20 year plan in following Him. There is only one step at a time, going where He leads.

However.

There’s another part to traveling down a mountain in the darkness.

Occasionally you must check to make sure that you’re heading in the right direction.

There were several times that we became so focused on the steps directly in front of us that we strayed slightly from the path. Had we failed to look up from our boots at the trail ahead, it is entirely possible that we would have become lost in the darkness. We would have been unscratched, but aimlessly wandering.

By focusing the light on our feet while walking, but regularly pausing to determine the direction we were to go, we were able to make it safely down the mountain, back to where we wanted to be (the vehicle with a heater!).

My next step

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Italy.

Man, God is so good to me.

The very next step in my journey with Jesus means living in Italy for a short time.

I am getting on an airplane in just over a week, and will end up in Montebelluna, Italy where my friends Landon & Rachel have recently settled in. To be completely honest, I’m not exactly sure what I’ll be doing—I am simply going to support my good friends in their mission, and to help out however I am able, whether with their young kids or with the ministries at Calvary Chapel Montebelluna. I’m so excited to see what the Lord has in store for me in my time there!

This is my next step. And I wholeheartedly believe that this will be a season of pausing—just like shining the flashlight on the path ahead—so that the Lord can adjust my focus of the future and remind me of my aim going forward. Because He already has so many plans for me that I am becoming aware of.

So, thus concludes part two of my little “trust Him”/life update series. I have one more post for next week before I travel halfway across the world, where I’ll start writing about my experiences there! If you all could be praying for this crazy exciting adventure, I would really appreciate it! If you have any comments/questions/suggestions… please feel free to comment on this post or on social media, text me, or email me at contact@alyssaconlee.com. Ciao!