Friday, October 8, 2010

Embrace the Journey

I grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ at a very young age but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I truly understood what having a “personal relationship” with Christ was all about.  As I began to study the Bible more, God revealed Himself to me and I was amazed.  This fall I began the Bible study “Believing God” by Beth Moore.  God always knows what we need before we know we need it.  This Bible study is all about faith and believing that God can do what He says He can do.  On the 2nd week of the Bible study, just like the apostles in Matthew 17:5, I prayed and asked God to increase my faith.  My journey was about to take an unexpected turn.  Within a few hours, my husband called and told me he had been let go from his new job.  I said “Really God?  This is not what I had in mind!”  I immediately fell face down and prayed for God’s help and guidance as our family began this new chapter of our life.  I put my complete faith in God that He had our best interests at heart and since He had closed this door, He would open another door for my husband.  Although I could have been distraught and anxious about the situation, God gave me a peace about our circumstances.  I was reminded of many scriptures that reinforced my faith in God and his promises.

… I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.  Mark 9:29

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

Everything is possible for him who believes.  Mark 9:23

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”.  Jeremiah 29:11-13

Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6

Later that week my cousin invited me to a weekend retreat to deepen my relationship with God.  I had no idea what to expect and the weekend was just amazing.  It far exceeded my expectations.  I could truly feel God’s presence throughout the weekend!  God used the wonderful speakers to show me different things in my own life.  I realized I had been imposing my own perception of ‘how to walk with God’ onto others close to me.  Everyone’s relationship with God is different and one is not necessarily better than another’s.  God reminded me of miracles He had done in my life and my family’s lives which helped me to remember that He is in control.  I received several reminders to be grateful for what I have and all the blessings I have already received.  I felt God leading me to get more involved in my community and help others who are less fortunate.  God was stretching me and empowering me to do what He asked.  I normally get very nervous about speaking in front of groups of people, but God took away my fears and allowed me to share and be vulnerable with the group.  I have secretly wished that I could speak to groups of people and inspire and encourage them.  The icing on the cake was when God answered one of the prayers of my heart to find another godly woman who understands the journey of parenting a child with ADHD.

After the weekend, I re-entered the real world of life and continued to pray for my husband to find a job.  I prayed with my children on Tuesday morning before my husband left for his interview.  As we finished praying, my youngest son said “Mom, I don’t have any worries in my heart.”  His child like faith just melted my heart!  It was a wonderful reminder that we should cast all our worries onto the Lord and let Him take care of us (Phil 4:6, Matt 6:34).  God is so good.  My husband was offered the job and started his new job two days later.  God continues to guide us along our journey and we are so grateful for all He has done for us.

We are all on a journey... the journey of life. The road is different for everyone who travels it. The road can be straight and easy through the grassy plains of abundance. The road can be difficult with steep mountain passes of trials and challenges.  Sometimes it feels like it will never end, but there is a light up around the bend. That light is the light of the world... it is Jesus Christ. He is always watching over us and guiding us along our path. He gives us strength to make it through another day and when we are too weak to carry on, He carries us in his loving arms.

The Lord has seen me through some very difficult times. Several years ago when I was going through the steep mountain pass of helping my son with ADHD, I found a saying that gave me hope and has become my motto in life. It has three little words which inspire me to keep going... EMBRACE THE JOURNEY.

You can't change your journey.  You can't stop your journey or trade it for a different one.  You just have to embrace whatever comes your way. You have to remember that God will not give you anything you cannot handle without his help.

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.  Phil 4:13

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