Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.
“Do I love him enough to marry him?”
“Which job should I take?”
“What do I do about my kids drifting away from the church?”
“How do I make sure I have enough money for retirement?”
So many questions plague us in life. Unfortunately, we don’t have a road map that can provide clear directions that guarantee us how to get from point A to point B. We don’t have any way of looking into the future to see what the consequences of our choices will be. Fear of losing what we have can keep us from making any decision.
Alexei Brynza faced such choices. From choosing a wife to choosing obedience to God over the dictates of the government, he had to find his path step by step, knowing the outcome might be unpleasant. In fact, when he married, his wife asked God for three years together. She fully expected her husband to be imprisoned or killed for his work in the church. But she was willing to follow the guidance God had given her, knowing that in the end, He would lead her to a good place.
This is great promise that we have, that if any of us seek wisdom, God will generously give it to us. Sometimes we can see the path we should take extending before us. Other times the path seems to lead us straight into water, where no footprints of those who have gone before show. In either case, we know that Jesus walks with us; we simply need to follow in obedience.
For some of us, we see the reward for our obedience immediately, sometimes we wait months or years to see the benefits, or may not fully receive the blessing this side of heaven. In any case, we can rest in the peace that God will honor us when we seek His will, and that He will be a sure guide.
Alexei’s wife was willing to follow God, to support her husband in ministry, even if it meant losing him. Instead, she was given 47 more years of marriage than she asked for.
Lord, help me to be obedient to your will, even if it looks like I may lose something I want, knowing that in the end, you will give me more than I asked or imagined.