Sunday, February 8, 2009

CHANGE OF DIRECTION


Have you ever offered your volunteer services for a specific project, thinking that was what God wanted you to do? Perhaps it was offering to go next door each day to prepare lunch for an elderly neighbor. Or help was needed in the community to pick up litter. Or you volunteered to plant flowerbeds and keep them weeded in your neighborhood. No matter what the task, you proceeded, fully expecting to serve in that specific area for months…perhaps even years.

After a short span of time you then felt that you should stop. In obedience to God‘s leading, you withdrew your help, wondering…. Did you misread the Lord’s direction in the first place? Guilt began to set in as you wondered what kind of person you were to start and stop something. Sure, in the limited time you had to serve, you knew that you had touched lives…in your neighborhood,…at a nursing home…in your community. Yet you continued to wonder, asking forgiveness if you hadn’t heard correctly, requesting that the Lord would continue to make His way clear.

Suddenly, a fresh idea seemed to come from God Himself. The Lord trusts you so much that He knows He can give you directions to move in a certain direction and you will. Then He trusts you so much that, after a short time when He has accomplished His purpose, He knows that He can ask you to change direction, or to stop, and you will obey that, too. He trusts you! What an awesome thought!!!! What a humbling thought!!! May we live up to His trust!

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night….
Exodus 13:21

Heavenly Father, please help me to continually seek Your will in matters big and small. I know that only You have the wisdom to direct our starts and stops. Help me to hear both clearly and to obey. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

1 comment:

janetxb said...

Although exclamation points can, as we all know, be overused, in this essay they brought a smile of joy to my face, as they communicated your excitement and joy over the thought that God trusts us!