Disoriented? Confused? Overwhelmed?

By Shannon Reese

Years ago, I visited New York City for the first time with my sister.

My sister loves the city and couldn’t wait for us to experience it together.  Within ten minutes I began to feel disoriented, confused and overwhelmed. NYC was so different than what was familiar and comfortable. I was completely out of my element and had to rely on her to lead the way.

Have you ever felt a little disoriented, confused or overwhelmed by a new situation or circumstance?

Have you wondered how you are going to get yourself from one place to another when you’ve not been down this road before?

Thousands of years ago, the book of Exodus records that the entire country of Egypt was devastated by natural disasters, disease and death. While the Egyptians were reeling from their financial devastation, health crises, and personal loss, God was leading the Israelites, His people, toward something new; something better than they could have imagined.

In the Psalms, David declares, “I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8).

During times of uncertainty and disorientation, there is comfort in knowing that God knows the destination. When we are overwhelmed by change, He remains the same. When we don’t know how to make plans for the future, He will direct our steps. When we don’t have all the answers, we can depend on Him to lead us. 

As leaders, our best solution when overwhelmed is to walk closely with the Lord as He leads us through seasons of unknown into a new and better place.

Consider this:

  • When you think of your current situation and the changes ahead, what does God see?
  • If you could see what God sees, how would your attitude or actions change?
  • How can you lean in closely to the Lord this week as you trust Him to lead you?

Share your story of trusting God during a time of uncertainty or disorientation. With your permission, we may even share your experience in an upcoming post to encourage others.

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