The Blank Page

It is a new year! I can’t say I am sorry to see the last one go. 2016 was filled with tension, conflict and transition for our nation, for many of our lives personally.

For myself , it was also filled with tension, illness and transition as my husband and I moved from a metropolitan area where we have lived for many decades, to a remote area by a lake.

This move meant saying goodbye to lifelong friends, our church home of 35 years and everything near and dear to us. It meant saying goodbye to teaching Bible Study that I had done for years.

When we moved in the summer, I had already committed to teach before I knew we were moving. So my sweet husband told me that if I wanted to keep that commitment for the fall, that he would drive me the five hours each week so I could complete my commitment. And that is what we did.

It happened that I was teaching from the book of 2 Timothy. This book of the Bible is the last letter the Apostle Paul wrote and the last word Timothy heard from him. So, it was very emotional for me because it was my goodbye to a class of women I had taught for many years.

For some reason in the fall semester, I used a different Bible than I had normally used. This one was new and I was not as familiar with how the books and chapters flowed on the pages. Then, in the last week of my study, as I read the last few verses of the book of 2 Timothy, I turned the page for more.

The page was blank.

As I looked at that blank page, I was overwhelmed with grief and thought, “this is what my life looks like right now. Blank. I don’t know what is ahead for me.” No sooner had I thought these things then I sensed God in my spirit saying “What looks blank to you, I have already filled. I know exactly what your future holds – trust me.”

Trust means to be confident and secure in something or someone, and as I thought about it, I remembered one of my favorite passages of scripture:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

In that moment, I had immediate peace like a weight had been lifted because I knew I could be confident in my security with Him. I began to pray “Lord, I do trust you with my life and my future and I thank you in advance for it. Because my understanding was flawed by my human nature and grief, all I saw was a blank page, but you knew what was written upon it and I am confident you have gone before me and paved a path for me.”

One month later, as I sat in my remote lakeside home, I received an unexpected invitation to speak and teach through a radio program. I was shocked! But as I prayed about accepting and spoke with a spiritual mentor, I remembered God’s promise. The page that looked blank to me, God had already filled.

And so as I begin this New Year, I am thankful. I am thankful for God who goes before us preparing the way in which we are to go. He has made all things new in this New Year. He has provided a way for me to continue teaching, even from a remote location.

If He will do something new in my life, He can surely do something new in your life. Trust Him with your present and with your future. He will make a way for you. “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 KJV

Father, what a blessing it is to know you, to trust you and feel secure in your loving arms. And as we begin this New Year, I pray for our readers and beyond, that you will teach us to love one another. That you will teach us to trust you with the blank pages of our lives. Thank you for guiding our footsteps to the places you have gone before in order to make a way for us. Amen

34 replies
  1. Sherry Ghafar
    Sherry Ghafar says:

    Congratulation Virginia. Please let me know where we can listen to your program. Blessing of the Lord be with you

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  2. Chrissie Dunham
    Chrissie Dunham says:

    I love this story and your heart for the Lord. I knew that He was not finished with you and I know that there are many more opportunities ahead.

    Much Love,
    Chrissie

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  3. Starlene
    Starlene says:

    Hi Virginia, I am so happy for you, may God continue to bless you. I know you will be a blessing to many that hear your voice each morning.

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  4. Lynne
    Lynne says:

    Thank.you for sharing your testimony about what God has been doing in your life recently. he is faithful! Will miss you teaching class this semester!

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  5. Betty NcMullin
    Betty NcMullin says:

    Loved reading about your newest possibility–I knew you’d find a ministry with your name on it! You are too talented to sit still for long. Miss you but look forward to seeing you when you’re here in town.
    Love, Betty

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  6. Margie Loven
    Margie Loven says:

    Virginia, thank you for this reminder that God wants what is best f I r us and already has it planned for us if we will only trust. I too, feel in my spirit God has a special place for me and Dale if we will yield to his call. Your new home sounds liveky. May God continue to bless you and Gebe.

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  7. Janice Pitts
    Janice Pitts says:

    Virginia, I am so happy for you. You are such a Godly women, and I am so thankful to know you. You are a very special lady! God continues to use you in a very special way. ??????

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  8. Sherry L
    Sherry L says:

    Virginia
    Thank you for sharing Tuesday mornings with me for five years. You teach the word of God so well. You are in my heart and God Bledd you.

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  9. Susan Butler
    Susan Butler says:

    Well, dear friend, you have not only placed your God Experience on the page as an introduction to your blank page, you have shown once again what The Lord can do with a willing servant’s perspective. Another “interpretation” of your blank page and the message at the end of 2 Timothy might have been that, like Paul, you were headed for prison! And the key component for you in that comparison would be your separation from your friends and church family. But you, Virginia, stayed true to the principle of relinquishment, and opened the door for God to show you His Next Step for you! Congratulations on taking part in the Great Commission through your radio program – there is no greater adventure than that which we take with Him!

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  10. J Whitley
    J Whitley says:

    So grateful for your Faithfulness and GOD’S in HIS Perfect Time to use you as you again touch so any lives for HIS Glory

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