We talked on and I siad that I just can't sit here, I have to keep moving. Jan responded with a wonderful analogy. In Matthew 6:26 Jesus says to look to the birds. They don't worry about what they will eat, God provides for them. If He provides for them, how much more will He provide for us?
Jan went on to say that she believes that God will direct our path by shutting doors. If you strive toward something and it just doesn't seem to be working, perhaps God is directing you to another path.
This took us to a discussion we had at Bible study. Charlotte shared a strategy of using a two page spread of a journal. On the left-hand page, record your prayer requests, questions, or searching statements. On the right-hand page, record the events of the answered prayers and questions.
If we stop long enough to reflect on our past prayers for God to show us the the way and see what doors have been shut, we will realize the path that God has chosen for us. When one thing ends...God's will to end it, another begins...God's will to guide. But you have to look back to see it. Kind of like driving forward through the rear view mirror.
So perhaps I need to look and be aware of doors closing rather than continuing head-strong in the direction I think best. Guess what? I end up with the fight for control. Oh to have control...my endless battle.
Well, here's to Anne Graham Lots! So I'm in the Word this morning, 1Samuel 11:20-24 ...Do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. And do not turn aside, for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing...
There it is!! Driving forward through the rear view mirror!