Monday, June 28, 2010

The Journey

Someone always got to ride on the “shelf” in the back. A journey is going from one destination to the other - or one passage to another.
All of us, whether we thing about it or not are on a journey -a passage of life until we meet Jesus. What has your journey looked like so far? Smooth? Bumpy? Uneventful? Filled with hardship hurt and pain? Successful? Mediocre? Exciting or just run of the mill? Psalm 37:23--Our steps are made firm by the Lord, when He delights in our way. We have the ability to choose to make this life a pilgrimage of faith and trust or we can choose to “ do it our way.” There are many passages that we go through as we travel this journey called life.
What important things have you taken with you on your journey? What things do you wish that you left behind, instead of dragging them along? What stuff is hindering you now from enjoying the journey? My journey has not always been a pleasant one, but God has shown me along the way the important things that help make the journey easier. My Bible -- it gives me an eternal perspective on the territory that that I am passing through right now. The Spirit- speaks to my heart and is the compass that always points me to God’s love. Of course, I have learned that I have to carry my trusty staff of faith to lean on, and a sturdy faith that God will lead me forward. I have to have a grateful heart- if I didn’t, how could I see the unexpected, delightful things along the way. You also have to have people who love you and special friends who share the journey with you, so it will be less lonely, because they love and encourage you along the way.
Sometimes God will call you into a new journey in a different direction. Situations change, priorities shift, and suddenly you find yourself a wandering pilgrim again -- learning new lessons about God. Are you flexible? Sometimes you have to allow for the unexpected. Sometimes you have to go with the flow. You may have a god idea on how to proceed -- but God may choose to lead you down a different path. Don’t get angry with detours and delays--be determined to learn. Oftentimes they are gifts to us to prepare us for the next step of the journey. Expect to be changed. Know you will be a different person than the one who first started the journey. God loves you just the way you are, but loves you too much to let you stay the way you are. Place your trust in God--He will lead you safely on your journey--His way is safer than the known way. He will lead us safely to our destination. Psalm 37:4--Wait passionately for God--don’t leave the path. ( The Message )
Your life is a journey you must travel with deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. I Peter 1:17-18 ( The Message )
Father: there are two journeys that we make through this life - our outer journey with all the little instances and milestones, and our inner journey, the spiritual journey with a secret history all it’s own. As we continue to walk in this journey called life - we thank you that you continue to walk along us. Make our steps firm, give us an unshakeable faith and grateful hearts to know that our steps are made firm by you. Help us to stay focused and not take our eyes off of you, lead us safely to our destination. Teach us to wait passionately for you each and every step of the way. Amen.
As you walk on this journey called life - let God supply you with everything that you need for the journey-our steps are made firm by Him. Have a blessed week Janice -Encourager Coach-Team.
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