Uncharted Territory

Uncharted means not recorded or located on a map, chart or plan.  It also means unknown or unexplored.  In relating this spiritually to life, it is when you are in a place in your life where you have never been, seen or experienced before.  It is a time in your life where things seem unfamiliar, uncomfortable, unrecognizable, strange and different.  Sometimes when you are in this kind of situation it can cause you to feel unsure about yourself, to doubt God, lose hope and just plain want to give up and throw in the towel and say I quit.

Paraphrasing Matthew 14:22-33 – it talks about Jesus walking on water and when the disciples saw him they were immediately terrified because they thought he was a ghost.  When they called Jesus a ghost he said “Don’t be afraid, take courage.  I am here!”  Peter called to Jesus and said “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”  Jesus said “Yes, come”.  Peter began to walk on the water toward Jesus, but when he saw the strong winds and the waves, he became terrified and began to sink.  He called to Jesus “Save me, Lord”.  Jesus reached out and grabbed him and said “You have so little faith, why did you doubt me?”  Walking on water was an uncharted territory for Peter.  He had never walked on water before.  It wasn’t until he took his focus off Jesus that he began to sink into the water.  Are you focused on God and walking on top of your situation or are you like Peter focusing on your situation and sinking into your problems more and more?  Stay focused on God.  Colossians 3:2 (NIV) Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  Keep your mind focused on Him and let Him do the leading.  It says in Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.  Let Him instruct you and lead your feet where to go since He is the one who orders your steps.  He knows the exact path that you should take, so He would be better to lead than you.

Yes uncharted territory can be scary because it is unknown to you and uncomfortable for you to be in.   All you have is the promise God made to you and the hope that comes from it.   You are unsure about: what you will have to walk through for you to go where He is calling you, what you should be doing to prepare for where He is taking you, and what your destination will look like once you arrive at it.  When you don’t know what to do, where you’re going, or how to prepare for your next destination, you need to turn to God.  He is the ultimate guide for where your life is going.  If you are in uncharted territory and need direction pray Psalm 25:4-5 (NLT) Show me the right path O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.  Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are God who saves me.  All day long I put my hope in you. God does not want you to be afraid while going through uncharted territory, He wants you to be strong and courageous as it says in Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT) So be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid and do not panic before them.  For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you.  He will neither fail you nor abandon you. Turn to God to gain direction and momentum in this season.  The territory you are in may not be on your map but it is on the map that God has for your life or you wouldn’t be in the situation.

When you experience uncharted territory situations it is an opportunity for God to remove any dependence you have on anything or anyone other than Him.  God wants you to be solely dependent on Him and trust in Him because He is the only one who can help you out of any situation.  God is trying to teach you how to trust Him in an area of your life where you haven’t had to trust Him before or you forgot how to trust Him in this area.  This is a strength training moment.  In order for you to gain strength in any area of your life, you have to keep training so that you become stronger.  God wants to grow you out of your immature ways of trusting Him, and make you stronger in this area of your life.

This is a growth opportunity for you because growth and comfort cannot co-exist at the same time.  You can’t grow in an area of your life without first having to be uncomfortable.  Through your life God is going to call you out of your comfort zone, so you might as well get use to sometimes being uncomfortable on this journey called life.  Through these uncomfortable situations you gain so many things including more trust in God, experience a deeper relationship and understanding of God, wisdom, courage, strength, hope, peace, joy and so much more that there is not enough room on this page to name it all.  Having to be in uncomfortable places in life is actually a benefit to you because of all you gain from the process of getting through the situations.  It is only a deficit or loss to you when going through these kinds of situations because you have taken your eyes off of God.  When you take your eyes off of Him, you can lose sleep, lose right perspective, lose wisdom, lose hope, lose peace, lose joy, and lose God’s guidance through the storm.  When you go through uncomfortable places in your life (for all of you who don’t want to experience these type of situations at all, just know there is no escaping uncomfortable places in your life), wouldn’t you rather experience the benefits of being uncomfortable?

In uncharted territory, you should never be trying to be a captain and a passenger of your ship at the same time.  Just allow God to be your captain and navigate you through your situation, while you play your role riding behind the captain as a passenger during the journey.  Quit trying to figure out what God has already worked out for your situation.  For we walk by faith and not by sight – 2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV).  In uncharted territory situations you have to use faith to get through it because it is unlike anything you have seen before.  Keep the faith and know where to keep your focus at all times.

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