In Paths They Have Not Known


And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do and I do not forsake them. - Isaiah 42:16 ESV


The backs of her eyes send tiny pinpoints of pain across her eyelids, her cheeks flush with warmth as she looks at her toes and her breathing flutters as her heart skips. The speaker continues on, not realizing the heartache words can cause. This was not the ending she planned for in her head. If the story was hers to write, her pen would have written a very different tale. Her heart would not have been so broken.  
We write life plans and goals for ourselves. Bold, beautiful dreams that glorify Him and show this world the Kingdom of God. After all, He tells us in Ephesians 2:10 that He’s planned good works in advance for us to do. Sometimes His ending is not the one we want for ourselves or the ones we love; yet He is no less good. God wants us to bring everything to Him, including our disappointment when we thought His plans were our plans. So when our hearts are tempted to wallow in self-pity, we have a choice to courageously, joyfully, stand on the truth that “in paths that they have not known I will guide them.”

Let’s trust Him at His Word today.


Lord, Thank You for staying with me when I do not understand what is ahead. Please continue to confidently guide me. Let me recognize how gentle You are to my heart and help me reflect that same tenderness to others. In Your precious Son’s name I pray, Amen.

Your Turn

What plans has God confidently lead you into? 

What could you tell others’ about how He’s leading you in your life?