I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and makes the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:16)
We’re born with a kind of blindness caused by seeing only the world, learning to walk in its ways under the impetus of our own human nature. This blindness leads us into rough places that result in scrapes, bruises and brokenness. We keep walking those paths because they’re what we know, what we’re used to navigating.
It’s only when we recognize our severely restricted vision and realize we’ve been stumbling through life, that we’re able to take God’s outstretched hand and walk into a whole new existence. God alone can take us to whole new places — places where we’ll become new and be made whole, the places we were created to inhabit. As we are guided by His hand, the light will begin to shine and then increase. Everything will come under this new illumination; it will be like an eye transplant.
As we put ourselves in God’s hands, the rough places will become smoother and smoothing because they will sand off our own rough edges. Irritants become tools to polish and shine our developing character. Stumbling stones will become stepping stones. Muddy places turn into clay able to be formed into something useful and beautiful. God doesn’t eliminate the rough places. He uses them to help us evolve from a rough outline into a true copy of his image — the one He created us to be.
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isa. 43:19)
We live in a spiritual wasteland, but also in a jungle of distractions, entangled in vines of striving for More! Better! Faster! With our new sight, we’re invited instead to tune into God’s live-streaming on a new network, to focus on Him as he makes a way for us to flourish, even in the wilderness. What a joy to discover and walk these unfamiliar paths, and to make them ours!