I like knowing where I am going!

Recently our family was visiting our hometown and, in trying to get from one location to another in K.C., we found ourselves in the middle of road construction. A sign appeared in the middle of the road stating, “NO THROUGH TRAFFIC.”  Jeff turns to me and says, “Can we get through here?” and my immediate response was “Sure we can! We just have to cut through this subdivision,” as I pointed to the street to my right.road construction sign

So we turned and began to maneuver our way around the subdivision. What might have been complicated to someone who was unfamiliar with the area (like Jeff), was easy for me because I had been here before. Taking this short cut saved us several minutes, which was important because we were already late for an appointment. As we arrived on the other side of the subdivision I commented with a sigh of relief, “I love knowing where I am going!”

Which got me to thinking…………

Am I that assured I am going to heaven? My response is, “Yes!” See, I can have that assurance because I have surrendered my life to Christ; I live daily trying to please Him. Am I perfect? NO! But is my attitude such that I am seeking to please Him every day? Yes.

See, God isn’t looking for perfection. In fact, just the opposite is true. He says, “In your weakness I am strong.” Did you get that?  “OUR Weakness – HIS Strength.” So many times we have that backwards.

God is looking for someone who is willing to die to themselves and surrender their will to Him. Just like Jeff, as we drove through the subdivision, was following my directions until he realized where he was. The sooner we begin following Him, and surrender our will, the more time it will save us, as well as the heartache and pain of trying to live life our own way. Too often, we go down a detoured path God never intended us to be on. It is then that we soon realize following Christ is the only way.

Jesus is looking for His children, who will follow Him. Will YOU follow Him today?

Let’s Pray:

God, for too long I have tried to do things my own way, I want to surrender myself to you today. Guide me down the path you would have me go and lead me in the direction you have for my life. Lord, I give my all to you!
In Jesus name Amen!

If you believe what you prayed above, please email me, at: behindtheparsonagewalls@gmail.com and let me know your life has been changed today. Then find a church where you can go and learn the truth of God’s word so you can grow in Him.  I look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

Lost, But Now I am Found

Although Amy has lived for 13 of her 19 years of life in the Kansas City area, it now appears that, unless it had something to do with going shopping, she hasn’t paid much attention to where we were going in the car! She can’t really tell you how she got to a place; she just recognizes that she is there – unless you are in the mall. She knows where everything is in the mall, and can give you directions to any store in there!

Never was this so apparent as when she headed out for a job interview. Her father and I had warned her not to take the highway because this trip would be during rush hour. Well, she was determined to do what she normally does: just put the address to wherever she is going in her GPS and take off! And, sure enough, on this particular day, there was a bad accident that had the highway backed up. Because she had an appointment to get to, she decided to get off the highway and take the side streets to get there. When she did, somehow she got turned around and headed back in the opposite direction. Because her GPS continued to try to direct her back to the highway, Amy called me in a panic. So, as her father and I are looking on the computer trying to find where she is to give her directions to get her headed back the right way, she is saying, “I am never driving again, I am done! I can’t do this.” Amy was ready to give up before she even completed the task.

Amy was ready to give up before she even completed the task.

 

 

This got me thinking…. Isn’t that a lot like us and our walk with God? We can be following the directions He has given us, and for some reason get confused about the direction we are going and become lost! Even though it is sometimes only for a few minutes, we can get frustrated and afraid on this new path we are on and are ready to throw our hands up in the air and say, “Forget this! I can’t do it!” and go back to the safe place where we are comfortable. But God is wanting to take all of us to a new level with Him and that doesn’t mean we are going to be comfortable. In fact, most of the time, He stretches us to the most UN-comfortable place we think we can be in at the time, and although everything within us may be screaming, “Go Back! Go Back!” God is calling us to “Go Forward!” He says, “Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” Gods Word – Matthew 11:28

God wants us to come to Him with our problems our worries, our concerns, and trust Him to work it all out. Amy’s father and I finally directed her onto the right path and the whole process only took about 5 minutes. But how many times do we wander for hours, days, weeks, because we are unwilling to ask for help as soon as we realize we are lost. We become afraid because we don’t know where we are. We fail to call on the One with the aerial view of the situation. Her father and I could see a bigger picture on the computer map then Amy could while in the middle of her crisis.

If only we could all just learn to turn to God as soon as we realize we are off the path we should be taking! Like Jeff and I looking on the computer’s aerial view, God can see what is ahead and will guide and direct us to the place He wants us to be. As I told Amy, “Don’t focus on how you got turned around! It is easy to do and we all have done it! Just focus on the fact that you figured it out quickly and you now know where you are going.” So many times we can get too caught up in perfectionism in every step we take in life, instead of enjoying the process.  We forget God isn’t looking for someone perfect. He is looking for someone who will walk with Him through this life

 

We forget God isn’t looking for someone perfect. He is looking for someone who will walk with Him through this life

 

Today, I hope this challenges you to ask yourself, “Where am I in this process of life? Am I taking the next steps to go on to a higher level of trusting God?” If He is asking you to do something that you have never done before, let me encourage you to do take that step of faith. Dip your big toe in the sea that lies before you and watch God part it! If you will only take the first step, He will see you through!!