Monday, August 9, 2010

Sit and Rest Awhile

Ah, stubborn children, declares the Lord
…who set out to go down to Egypt,
without asking for my direction...

Isaiah 30:1a, 2

I am at the place in my life where I take up with God every plan I concoct. Unfortunately, this lesson has been learned the hard way. I have often marveled at individuals who make life plans for themselves and they turn out. My experience has been, when trying this approach, that things always turn out messy. Waiting for His direction is usually maddening and yet it’s in the waiting that most of my problems are made clear.

From churches to government there seems to be an absence of asking God for direction and then sitting still and waiting. Dozens of books are available outlining program development for churches, money growth for individuals, five year plans, and retirement survival. None of these are wrong but how frequently do we stop in the midst of our devouring and pray, “Lord, what do I do?” Perhaps, like the Israelites, we respond in panic when things go wrong, pining after our enslavement.

Over and over again God says that He wants to have conversations with us even about the simplest of issues. He’s good at giving directions. The question that I am always faced with is - am I willing to follow His directions. Flashing screens abound with tempting life directions. God’s sign is a simple wooded one providing a strong support when I’m weary from running around. I must sit and rest awhile. Soon the way will be made clear.

Jesus, thank you for the signpost of your Cross that points the way.
I want to live my life asking for life’s directions from You.

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