The Lord laid upon my heart a series of questions that I need to explore, and answer about my life. Let’s explore them together and share thoughts about the following questions: Where has God brought you from? What of His faithfulness have you learned on the trajectory of life? How do the geographies of your past prepare you for the future?
My journey began as a young man that was raised in the church. We were there seemingly everytime the doors opened until they finally closed. My dad eventually answered to the pastoral ministry. That was the point that life got interesting. The Lord allowed me to move beyond the vail so to speak and the see behind the scenes of church. There were several cases that reminded me of that scene from the Wizard of Oz where Toto, Dorothy’s dog, pulled the curtain back to reveal this man pulling levers and turning knobs to make the Great and Powerful Oz come to life with such ferocity. All the while, the Oz said “… pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.”
My journey continued through marriage to the woman created just for me, and children that were also. Now, I find the road having rounded the rocky bend of widowed life and single parenthood. No worldly GPS could have ever helped me avoid any of this. But God…
God’s Planning System (GPS) has given me clarity about where I am on this journey (Proverbs 16:9). The Lord knew that I needed to see the polar extremes of church to shape my viewpoint. Do I choose to drink milk and remain a babe in Christ, accepting what I am told, or do I develop a relationship with Christ and eat meat (1 Corinthians 3:1–2)? I choose “meaty” path. I have faith that the Holy Spirit will lead and guide me to all and through all (John 14:15-17, John 14:15–21, James 2:14–26).
What about you? Where are you in your journey? Comment below or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scripture details below are courtesy of Logos Bible Software:
•Proverbs 16:9 – The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.
•1 Corinthians 3:1–2 – Dear brothers and sisters,* when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people.* I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in the Christian life.* 2 I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready,
•John 14:15–21 – 15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. 16 “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another aHelper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. 18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 “aAfter a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. 20 “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”
•James 2:14–26 – 14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. 18 But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” 19 You believe that aGod is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. 24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.