Tyler Perry Talks About Finding Faith Without A Clear Road Map

By Victor Ochieng

Life isn’t always easy. We’ve all faced serious challenges in our lives. Actor Tyler Perry isn’t left out either. For a good time, he lived broke. He had to put up with a job that made his nauseate. Perry had to wake up at 5 a.m. to make it to the office by 9 a.m. To get to work, the now considerably rich producer, had to walk some three miles to get to the airport before boarding a train to downtown Atlanta. That wasn’t the end of his journey. He’d have to board a bus to Cobb County before walking for roughly another half a mile to get to his workplace.

At the office, he’d to work for eight straight hours. The work environment wasn’t friendly. His job involved pursuing people over the phone and trying to trick them and lie to them into agreeing to take responsibility for old collection accounts.

Even though he knew some of the people were genuinely in difficult financial situations and were basically not able to pay, he, nevertheless, had to talk them into paying. Every one of these pursuits made him feel sick. While his job required that of him, every time someone agreed to the terms, he’d feel anguished inside.

But he was stuck. That was the only job he had. He couldn’t even take a day off for fear of being fired.

While his co-workers were happy whenever the person on the other end of the phone agreed to the deal, Terry was overwhelmed by the kind of trap they were putting themselves into.

As opposed to “fleecing” people of their money and leaving them wallowing in their miseries, all Terry wanted to do was help people and inject some joy into their lives. But there he was; stuck with a job that often brought tears to the people he so much longed to help.

This troubled him so much that he would to turn to God and ask Him what to do with all the dreams and hopes that were alive deep within him. Having those big dreams and not seeing a clear path to them made him feel over the more miserable. He’d plead with God, saying, “Dear God, why would you give me so much hope and not make a way?”

Psalms 119:105 gave him some insight: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

This verse shared some light in his life. It inspired him to surrender everything to God, so He could direct his every step. “Please make the path plain so I can see where to go,” Terry prayed. “Show me my next steps.”

Once he realized he had no headway and no personal ability to move from point A to B, he switched his perspective and threw everything to God. And that’s when God’s answer came through and he got to understand that “True faith begins when there’s no path in front of you and no road map.”

That’s a clear demonstration that God is in full control. Let Him chart your path. When it’s God directing your steps, every day becomes a new path. That’s exactly what He did with the children of Israel. He didn’t rain manna that would be enough for a week or months; no; he made every day a day to remember Him and cherish Him for his providence.

True faith works like that – trusting in God for everything every day.