Have you ever faced a situation where you felt alone; where you felt like no one understands what you are going through? Have you ever been faced with a problem which you cannot solve and no one else seems able to solve it? Have you ever felt lost in life? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions you are in ‘Uncharted Territory’.
Life is full of uncharted territory. Uncharted territory is an area “not recorded or plotted on a map, chart, or plan” (Merriam Webster). No one plans to experience negative situations. No one plans to lose a loved one. No one plans to lose their job or lose their money in a bad investment. Sometimes these events occur when we are happy and enjoying life. Suddenly the happiness and the joy we felt earlier turns to sorrow and despair. Uncharted territory is not a good place to find ourselves in for the following reasons:
- You feel afraid;
- You feel helpless;
- You feel like giving up
If we are going to live the ‘Overcoming Life’ we will need to know how to overcome Uncharted Territory. The Prophet Elijah found himself in uncharted territory. Elijah had just overcome “450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah” who served Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab. However, when he heard that Jezebel wanted to kill him, he ran away in fear. Elijah found himself:
“…alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.” (1 Kings 19:4 New Living Translation)
Elijah decided to give up on life. He told God to take his life and then lay down to sleep. But God’s response to Elijah’s request is amazing:
But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again. (1 Kings 19:5-6 New Living Translation)
In the midst of Elijah’s feelings of fear, helplessness and giving up, God sent an angel to HELP Elijah. Elijah was in the wilderness, far away from civilization, but God found him.
GOD KNOWS WHERE YOU ARE!
You may be in Uncharted Territory but God knows where you are. You may know someone who is in Uncharted Territory. God knows where they are too. There is no place too high, too low or too isolated that God does not know your location. Though we are far away in fear, helplessness and despair, God can find us.
We are never alone. We are never in a place which is too far for God to reach us.
Knowing that God is always with us will help us to find our way out of Uncharted Territory. There will always be a situation that we never faced before. There will always be a problem that we never solved before. However, God is ABLE to help us overcome every one. The writer to the Hebrews reminds us:
…God has said
“I will never fail you.
I will never abandon you.”
So we can say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper,
so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?”
(Hebrews 13:5-6 New Living Translation)
Believe the Word of God: He will help you when you are in Uncharted Territory.