“So Jacob named the place Peniel (which means ‘face of God’), explaining, ‘Certainly I have seen God face to face and have survived’ … but he was limping because of his hip.” Genesis 32:30b-31 (NET & NLT)
I went for a run today. Part of the way through, my left calf started to cramp up. Dehydrated? Maybe. Still recovering from a prior workout? Probably. Should I slow down our walk it out a bit? But if I constantly accommodate for every ache and pain, I’ll never getting stronger. Should I push through it? But what if it’s really injured, or if I end up really injuring it? Then I’ll be out of commission for a longer period of time.
The Christian journey can be like that, can’t it? How are we to interpret events or circumstances that come our way? Is God telling me to slow down or change directions? Should I read the circumstances as a cautionary flag? Or maybe he is trying to build perseverance and endurance in my character? Maybe I need to look to Him for strength to push through? How do I know how to respond or react?
I ask Him.
I ask the God who knows every cell of my frame & who loves me beyond my wild imaginings. I ask Him what I am to do.
Sometimes He tells me. Other times I have to try, in faith, what seems to be good and true. Sometimes His answer is in accordance with conventional wisdom and knowledge. Other times, it is completely counterintuitive. Sometimes I never really know.
And sometimes it is simply because He wants me to walk with a limp — for reasons of His own.
And I trust Him.