Apr 25 2013

The path belongs to Him

Make me know Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25.4-5)

It was my first camel ride. Sitting high atop this ship of the desert, in the pitch-black darkness, I bounced my way up the side of Mt. Sinai in Egypt. The only sounds were the grunts of the camel and the sixteen-year-old bedouin boy shouting at the camel to “go” in Arabic. (…at least, I think it was “go” … and surely he was shouting at the camel and not me.) On occasion, I would catch a glimpse of the steep cliff on the side of the dirt trail, but the camel never slipped, never faltered, and its step was ever sure. It had traveled this trail many, many times before. And my young guide knew the way very well. He lived in this area. I was in the best of hands. Eventually, I relaxed, looked in awe at the brightness of the star-filled sky and anticipated standing at the top of God’s mountain to watch the sun rise.

Maybe you are anxious about the direction your life is taking or you are experiencing suffering along the way. Maybe you have far more questions than answers. It’s not so important how dark your trail has become. It’s not even important if you can see the next step you are to take. Just realize you are not your own (1 Corinthians 6.19). If you have given your heart to Jesus Christ, you belong to Him.

He knows all the trails and trials of life. He wants to be your guide and your goal. He wants to be your God. Let Him.

One day, Jesus said to His disciples that He was going to leave and prepare a place for them “‘that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.’ Thomas said to Him, ‘Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’” (John 14.3-6)

In this life, Jesus is both the destination and the only way to get there. The ride will often be bouncy and sometimes painful, but His love for you is beyond doubt, His knowledge of your life is complete and His plan for you is perfect. Keep your eyes on Him as He guides you along a path that belongs to Him.

Jun 1 2011

Look to Him

A towel lies on the beach sand. Most of the day, it provided comfort and place to those who sit, talk, watch the waves and soak up the sun. At the end of the day, the towel is picked up and given a hard shake to remove all remnants of sand. A powerful ripple moves from one end of the towel to the other, dislodging sticky sand and causing it to fly everywhere.

Such is the image that comes to mind when I think of the terrible “shaking” experienced by the earth these past months. There have been earthquakes, tsunamis, release of radioactive particles from nuclear power plants and a great loss of life in Japan. The Middle East countries counties continue to be embroiled in political unrest, threatening peace throughout the world. Many people in the U. S., especially in the South and Midwest, have seen fires and record incidents of tornadoes and a terrible loss of life and property.

These are just a few examples of unrest and turmoil throughout the world in every aspect of society.
Why? What have we done? Did we do anything to deserve such trouble? Is there anything we can do to stop such disorder?

I have no answers. I wish I did. I’m not even certain I know the right questions.

But at times like these, the only thing I can do, the best I can do, is point to the One who has all the answers, our heavenly Father who loves us completely.

You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on You,
because he trusts in You.
Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26.3-4

If there is nothing else that we learn from such tragedies, we should learn to let our minds be fixed on Jesus Christ.

He wants your attention and your heart. Lasting peace is found only in Him.

Oct 1 2008

Perfect love = perfect trust

The other day I stopped behind a car at a traffic light. The woman driver in front of me had a bumper sticker on her car that read: “I’m Out of Estrogen. And I’ve Got A Gun.”

Pretty funny … I kept my distance.

This bumper sticker came to mind as I thought of three challenging, fear-producing events in the news that have recently touched our lives:

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