The path of a pioneer

Disappointment.  Rejection.  Unfulfilled expectations.  Tears.  Frustration.  And yes, even a little anger.

But through the tears, I still mutter my prayer…this time with less energy, and more desperation.

 

“Lord, keep my eyes fixed on you alone.”

I knew this wouldn’t be an easy road to walk.  Pioneers never follow a well-marked, paved highway.    Instead they cut through the weeds, stumble, lose their way, and occasionally fall into a pit.  But they get up and continue.  Pioneers aren’t easily derailed, even when offered a seemingly similar path that is already paved.  Their heart remains set on their purpose.

Pioneers our buoyed and encouraged by other fellow travelers and friends who come alongside.  And they’re guided by their God who knows all things.  After all it was their God who created them for such a time and with such a purpose.  After particularly challenging days, pioneers find solace in the promises of their God, and find rest in His love and acceptance.

And so with a heavy heart, I recall God’s promises from Proverbs, and listen to words of His love sung beautifully by Chris Tomlin in the song “I will rise.” Tomorrow is a new day for this pioneer to travel her path.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

  • Lindsay

    Kristen, I heard a sermon once on pioneers versus settlers, and how, as Christians, we should not pitch our tents but instead maintain a frontier mentality. The pastor used the example of the Israelites in the desert- how they got to Kadesh Barnea, and refused to go into the Promised Land, camping out instead. I don’t remember all the ins and outs of the sermon, but I remember being greatly impacted. I was reminded of that today after reading your post. Thanks!

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