We can trust that God, the WayMaker, is always at work creating the life of our dreams, through ways we never would have dreamed for ourselves.
In a disorienting world, with obstacle after obstacle, and the landscape of our lives shifting in ways we never expected, we can trust that as we look to our Maker, the WayMaker, our road will lead us to arrive exactly where we always hoped it would, though maybe not at all in the way we imagined. And those dreams for our lives? They can still happen—in ways only He perfectly dreamed of.
It is true: heartache, grief, suffering, obstacles, they all come in waves. There is no controlling life’s storms; there is only learning the way to walk through the waves. In WayMaker, bestselling author Ann Voskamp hands us a map that makes meaning of life, that shows the way through to the places we’ve only dreamed of reaching, by a way we never expected. Voskamp reveals how God is present in the totality of our lives, making a way
for the marriage that seems impossible,for the woman who longs for a child of her own,for the parents who ache for the return of their prodigal,for the sojourner caught between a rock and a hard place, andfor the wayfarer who feels as though there is no way through to her dreams.
We can encounter the WayMaker in surprising ways and begin to see Him not only making poetry out of pain but working in every miraculous detail of our lives. Even now, the Way is making the way to walk through waves and into a life more deeply fulfilling than our wildest dreams.
In this contemplative guide, Voskamp (The Way of Abundance) encourages readers to recognize God's presence amid overwhelming challenges. "God has always been a WayMaker, making more than merely a way through," Voskamp argues as she urges readers to trust that God has a path for everyone, even when the way ahead appears bleak. To deal with this uncertainty, Voskamp recommends adhering to her "SACRED way" (stillness, attentiveness, cruciformity, revelation, examine, doxology) and embracing Jesus's example by finding holiness in the darkest of times. For instance, she defines practicing "stillness" as pausing and trusting God's plan, "revelation" as consulting scripture, and "cruciformity" as surrendering oneself to God as Christ did on the cross. The dreamlike prose drifts from personal anecdotes to biblical analysis to enigmatic aphorisms, moving from the disappointment of Voskamp's abruptly shortened honeymoon, to a reflection on psalm 139, to the thought that "you can't control the waves but you can control the way of your sail." In the end, the advice amounts to a sensible if somewhat vague and formulaic road map for navigating trying times, and while the flowery writing meanders, it does produce such insights as "presence heals pain." Soul searchers may appreciate the aphorisms, but others will want to stake their own path. Agent: Bill Jenson, WKJ Agency.