By Rae Lynn DeAngelis

During our vacation to New Smyrna Beach, Florida (the shark attack capital of the world… no kidding!), we were looking forward to some quality time at the beach.

During the first few days of our vacation, the ocean was pretty clear. If there were any threatening creatures in the waters below, we would have been able to see them. Thankfully, we saw nothing more than a few small fish darting about and every once in a while a jellyfish floating by.

A few days into our vacation, however, a hurricane hovering off the coast of Florida stirred up the once clear, turquoise waters, creating rough and cloudy conditions.

I must admit that swimming in the ocean when I couldn’t see what was lurking beneath me was a bit more intimidating. I enjoyed the ocean a whole lot more when I could see what was all around.

Whether we swim in the ocean or walk with God, we must accept the fact that we are not always going to have a clear line of vision. “For we live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” (Hebrews 11:1-2)

Sometimes God allows us to clearly see the things He’s doing in our lives. But as we grow as a Christian (at least this has been my experience), God asks to walk by faith more and more.

Thankfully, it becomes a bit less intimidating to charge forth blindly, simply because we can draw upon past experiences and be encouraged that God is faithful.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

The Lord is watching out for us, and His vision is far better than 20/20. He not only sees the here and now, but He sees the outcome for the future as well. I don’t know about you, but that brings me great comfort.

Does it seem like you’re swimming in an ocean of uncertainty? Are you afraid to wade into deeper water, convinced that it’s unsafe?

Be encouraged! God will never ask you to step out in faith alone. He is always by your side. And any menacing creatures lurking about are no match for the Almighty!

“Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. (Jeremiah 32:17)

Pray for God’s direction, wait for confirmation, take the plunge, and then trust His higher ways.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’” (Isaiah 55:9)