Facing decisions in life can be like taking a road trip.
As we drive down a street that is not busy, we can see things clearly, we can coast, or maybe even get a bit bored because it’s become dull and lifeless with little traffic along the way. But as we travel into the highway of life, and come upon a city with tall buildings, lots of landmarks, trees and other traffic that blocks our vision, we may get distracted, disillusioned, or even confused at where we are headed.
Then, as we drive a bit further – we see what we perceive as our destination, we can see the intersection up ahead at a distance – In our zeal to get to the turning point, we get excited, perk up but forget to ask God which way to go.
Sometimes we want to make a decision to turn BEFORE we get to that intersection.
If we turn to the left or the right – too soon, we may end up in a ditch (which may lead to problems, delays, hurts, etc). That ditch may simply be asking the wrong people into your life; or an eating disorder, using alcohol to escape, low self esteem – or a multitude of other issues.
Maybe we decide to continue going straight, because its comfortable, we are so familiar with the “street” we are on and don’t want to change – out of fear of the “unknown” – we miss a huge part of Gods growing us up and experiencing life to the fullest.
Other times, that straight road seems to take f.o.r.e.v.e.r. to get to the place we envisioned, we seem to be driving on that same boring road so long, we give up all hope of life and our destination.
So, in this descriptive, as we look ahead in life, we may need to make a decision – turn to the left, to the right, or go straight (we certainly don’t want to go backwards, – there are no do overs! and that would defeat the purpose of “growing up”; if we are 20 yrs old, to turn around, would be like saying, Ok, God, let me be 15 again, at least I know what was happening then at that point in life; God’s not going to let us go back – we MUST move forward!), and as we move in the direction we choose, sometimes we learn the route takes us the long way, yet sometimes we take the “high” road.
In whichever case, time is never wasted. Learning is key. Just as the path we take as we are traveling in the car, we get to view all kinds of things – so it is with our life. Allow God to show you why each experience has been important, and what it means. Grow and share with others to encourage them when life seems long. And if you get stuck somewhere …. AAA (God) is on the way to help!
Seek Him for ALL directions, and he WILL guide the path to the right destination!
He has a well-paved street, with the right rest stops along the way, good food, fun fellowship at each rest stop. And even good times to have fun with (like making a pit stop at Dolly wood, or Disney, or Great America along the travel time in life – after all we CAN make memories– right?!).
He owns the highway and byways of our lives. He knows when the weather forecast will be years before we even think about it! He gives us an umbrella when we need it, good sturdy wipers for our windshield – and yes, he is our Shield and Protector from those nasty times in life; times when we just feel like we cannot go one more step – he carries us upon His shoulders, like a wonderful Daddy would do.
Abba Father, Lord I love you – you are full of mercy and compassion, love and grace. Please guide and teach each of us, to prepare our minds and hearts as we seek your path – let us be tender to hear your voice as you tell us which direction to take. Thank you for making each of us unique with special gifts to utilize and share with others.
We want to stay humble and loving in all situations, even when we seem to get lost. You are our light and our salvation, in that we can trust. Help our faith to grow stronger in you each day.
In your Wonderful and matchless name, we pray… Amen
John 3:3 NCV
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’”
Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants.
Then all your other needs will be met as well.
Psalm 144:2 NIV
He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.