“Waiting in the Obscured Path” by Von de Leigh Hatcher.
In January of 2018, I was offered a temporary job assignment in another town which would advance my career but take me away from my church, family, and friends. As I prayed and sought God’s direction, God spoke to me. The words he said were from Isaiah 48:17.
“I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go” (NKJV).
Instantly, I felt peace. The fears of the unknown had clouded my faith in the all-knowing God. So, I determined to trust Him with my path forward.
I moved to the new town, worked, and began to serve in multiple capacities in the church I began to attend. However, I always remembered that my assignment was temporary.
The next year, in July, my best friend and her husband were severely burned in an explosion. A few weeks later, my supervisor told me that my assignment would end within a month. I was told to move out of the apartment that my company provided. My life seemed to stop.
I questioned God. Had God led me here only to take away everything He had provided? My path forward was obscure once again, and I had no idea where God planned to lead me. I filled out job applications and looked for another place to live. I listened to James Wilson’s song “Wait on the Lord” repeatedly. For weeks, I had job interviews without job offers.
I reminded myself: “But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31, NKJV).
Finally, I sat at work and looked at my calendar. It was a Tuesday. My last day of work was that Friday. I had to leave my apartment that Saturday. I bowed my head and prayed, “God, I know that Your time is not my time. But, Lord, You once walked this earth as a man. I have four days before I am supposed to move, and I do not know where I’m moving. Please remember that four days, for me, is not a lot of time.”
Two hours later, I received a job offer! Within that same hour, arrangements were made for me to move into a newly renovated house that my church owns and now rents to me. God continues to provide my every need!
Has your world stopped? Is your path hidden from your eyes?
“Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psalm 27: 14, NKJV).
Note: Von de Leigh Hatcher attends The First Pentecostal Church of Westlake, Louisiana. She is an LSU alumna and works for a local engineering firm.
(Info from: Ladies Prayer Intl June 2020 Newsletter – UPCI LM – firstname.lastname@example.org)