“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21
I’m an avid researcher. I’m not sure if it’s the result of being a homeschooler and lifelong learner, or if it’s because research is ingrained in me through years of being a content writer. Regardless the reason, I’m a passionate investigator.
When I was pregnant with our daughter, I read tons of books and countless articles on virtually everything a parent could hope to know. But what I found was that much of the material I read was fear-based. I was doing my best to be a good mama and glean from the wisdom of others, but as an older mother (I was 32 when Peanut was born), I couldn’t understand the majority of the fear that others seemed to have.
I wasn’t afraid of living life while pregnant, and I wasn’t afraid that after she was born I would poison her, choke her, drop her, or be unable to raise her well. After 32 years of life, I wasn’t terribly concerned about bringing another human being into the world, and I wasn’t terrified of the ride home from the hospital (though my husband says he was!).
We brought Peanut home when she was three days old, fashioned in pajamas given and prayed over by a friend. I sat on our white leather sectional with my new baby laid on my lap. I was praying over a certain topic of parenting and out of nowhere felt a pang of…fear.
“Oh, Jesus!” I pierced the air with panic, “How on earth am I supposed to do this? Which direction should I take here? Everyone’s so divided and just KNOW they’re right, and I don’t want to make a mistake!”
I sat with my heart thumping and my mind racing when I heard the still, small voice: “If you will stay close enough to hear me, I will teach you how to raise her – in everything, not just this. Put down the books for now. I will lead you to the right ones – in time. Just rest in me.”
The King James Version of the Bible has a beautiful translation of Psalm 32:8: “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way in which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”
I love the imagery of this. We’ve all seen our parents give us “the eye” when we were kids and about to do wrong, and we’ve all seen a look of pride or permission in our parents’ eyes, too. This is how God wants to guide us. This is how close we must stay to our Father – close enough to be “eye-guided”. Proverbs 3:5 says to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” And this is what He was telling me.
My Peanut-Girl turns four on Sunday. I have endeavored to live in His instruction, guided by His eye, day by day. I’ve failed a few times. Okay, many times! Yet when I stay close enough to hear Him, He teaches me.
Sisters, our loving Lord invites you to draw near to Him and be eye-guided in every area of your life, too. He doesn’t fail. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, you will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it.”
In what areas of your life do you need eye-guided direction?
In His name and for His glory, Jodi Greene