Saturday, June 27, 2009
STOPS AND STARTS
Have you ever volunteered services for a specific project, thinking that was what the Lord 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 on the playground at your child’s school. Maybe a local nursing home needed help with their Sunday services. No matter what the task, you proceeded, fully expecting to serve in that specific area for months . . . perhaps for years.
After a short span of time you then felt the Lord prompting you to stop. Did you misread the Lord’s direction in the first place? Were you never to have become involved? Guilt began to set in as you wondered what kind of person you were to start and stop something so quickly. Sure, you knew that you had touched lives. 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, it occurred to you: The Lord trusts you so much that He knows He can give you directions to move in a certain area and that 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 . . . . Exodus13:21
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.