Life’s lessons come in all shapes and sizes. This one in the form a motorcyclist. I saw a gentleman on a motorcycle drive up on my right as we both stopped at a signal. The next thing I know, he turns right and then shows back up on the same street I was traveling on just before the light turned green.
He must have turned right, made a U-turn and then turned right to get back to “our” street. Funny thing is. About a mile down the road I caught up to him at a red light! All that extra gas and a potential hazardous U-turn all to end up at the same place I did.
You’re probably smiling right now because you’ve done something similar! God’s timing is perfect. Can we rest in His promises to change our lives or answer prayer while enjoying His presence at life’s stop lights? Or do we get ancy and rush ahead of Him all to end up in the same place at the same time?
We expend so much needless energy worrying while waiting that we sometimes move when we should stay. Waiting is not wasted time! Waiting can be protecting us from hazardous conditions ahead. Therefore, learn how to enjoy your relationship with the Father while you wait. It will save you both time and energy.
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I live in an area of the world where kindness seems to be fading away fast. Then it happened. I was driving into the office. Traffic was light, but there were still times people had to merge into my lane. Even though I could have hit the pedal and made the person next to me get in line behind me, I slowed to let them in.
Normally, people just merge in and keep going like I had to do this. This time, however, the driver actually gave me a wave of thanks! I was shocked. I didn’t do it for the recognition, but it was still nice.
Kindness. It oozes out of those who listen to and follow the Spirit. I had every right to keep my place. Yet, in following Jesus, the Spirit enabled me to express kindness and it touched someone’s life.
I know this sounds trite. But how often do we go so focused on life that we can’t hear Jesus in the simple things, like driving to the office? Following Jesus in the small things can lead to huge results. I know it put a smile on my face!
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I find it interesting what God said the moment Adam and Eve sinned. His first words were not, “What in the world did you do?” In fact, it wasn’t even the second thing either! No, the first words out of His mouth were, “Where are you?”
When Adam and Eve sinned, they hid or turned their backs on God when they heard Him walking in the garden. They couldn’t look their Father in the eyes. Yet, this is exactly what He wanted to do! He wanted to establish contact with them again. “I want to see you! I want to look into your eyes again. I love you!”
Our God isn’t carrying around a stick nor are his fists balled up ready to whack us when we sin. Jesus took that already on the cross, which should lead us to praise. The second thing it should lead us to is forgiveness to re-establish our connection with God.
Your God is approachable. He loves you and wants to walk with you in total peace. So instead of keeping your distance from Jesus when you blow it, ask His forgiveness and start walking with Him again. He’s the source of life, all the good stuff you were searching for when you sinned in the first place.
So, where are you today – looking into His eyes or at your feet? You know what to do.
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Tozer once wrote, “We can know the right words yet never be changed. This is the difference between information and transformation.” Knowledge is not synonymous with belief. Knowledge is stored. Belief uses what’s stored.
I recently read in Mark 5:36, “Do not fear, only believe.” The context is someone’s daughter died. How would the parents react – fear that all was lost or rest in what Jesus could do?
Fear can be that the outcome might not turn out the way we think. It can also be the loss of the illusive control. The Lord said, “Stop fighting Me!” He was asking for an area of my life that I was fighting and screaming (sometimes quite literally) to give up. Control felt good…in the short-term.
God never asks something from us for no reason. He does what He does for His glory, which also results in always being best for us…in the long-term. It’s been a journey to give it up, but the peace feels good now in the short-term. I trust that it will stay there in the long-term as well.
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What’s next? I don’t know. More importantly is, “Does it matter?” Your God does. Can you rest in that truth?
Having to know everything would elevate you to God status, which is awfully stressful when you’re not! In fact, the writer of proverbs states that we should trust in God enough to acknowledge that He is God and only He knows what’s around the coming bend in the road.
Be okay with now as you rest in your God’s presence. Let Him be God. That’s His job.
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