Today I read an article that said if you blindfold someone, take him to a large field and tell him to walk forward in a straight line, he will inevitably walk in a circle, usually within minutes of setting out. The article goes on to say that this aspect of our brain wiring “reinforces the idea that we can’t make progress unless we can see our destination in the distance.” Trusting God means doing life blindfolded and trying to walk in a straight line. Walking in a straight line, metaphorically speaking, is hard enough with both eyes open and 20/20 vision. Doing so while blindfolded defies human nature. It literally requires supernatural ability to avoid walking in a circle.
I am innately wired to assess a problem or situation, determine a list of possible solutions, choose a course of action, then move forward hoping for the best. Trusting God requires me to assess the problem or situation, pray, put on a blindfold, then move forward trusting in The Best. The first option offers promises of probabilities, a chance that I made the right decision or chose the best route. The latter extends assurances of abundance, a guarantee of a level of success that exceeds my expectations or calculated best-case-scenario. Based on these end results, trusting God is a no-brainer.
When we finally go against our better judgment and choose to trust God, the hardest part is keeping the blindfold on without peeking. Discomfort creeps in when we can’t see what’s happening. Naturally, we trust our own eyes more than anything else. When we sneak a peek, often we’re discouraged by what we see. It appears as if we’ve made little progress or haven’t made any at all. Sometimes we take the blindfold off completely and go back to doing things our natural way. Back to walking in circles.
What we don’t realize is that these circles are actually strongholds, the half-truths, and full lies we’ve come to believe about our identity, our resources, and our possibilities. Our wisdom is finite, and our knowledge is limited, even for ourselves. Strongholds perpetuate the falsehood that our best is behind us. Once we realize that our purpose greater than our past, then we’ll try something extraordinary, something supernatural.
It’s time to tear down some strongholds and walk a straight line.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Cues “Foreward, 1619” by Sho Baraka