I really love this verse at this point in my life. It gets at the grace part of faith. To me it describes how to walk in faith gracefully, with patience and composure. So, as we walk forward with a listening ear for God’s direction – into the unknown, sight unseen – it is to be with patience and composure:
Patience: (1) an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay; (2) quiet, steady perseverance; even tempered care; diligence.
Composure: serene, self-controlled state of mind; calmness; tranquility.
To accomplish this, it requires a focus in the Spirit, on God’s plan, in a state of complete trust. Otherwise fear, doubt, worry and anxiety start to creep in. I imagine on a stormy night that is what a beacon from a lighthouse looks like. The captain has been navigating according to his compass, maps and headings but he can’t see anything. And then he captures a glimpse of the light. It confirms for him that his course was true, even if he may have felt uncertain at times. It affirms his choice to follow the course that had been laid out. The light guides him the rest of the way – even past the rockiest of shores.
Father thank you for being a beacon in my life to confirm and affirm your direction. Help me use all the tools that you give me wisely. May I be full of patience and composure on this journey regardless of what I see!