We all have different areas that get stretched. We all face decisions that require God's supernatural guidance. Personally, lately, my area seems to center on parenting. Currently, each one of my children seems to be at a critical age. Each faces pivotal transitions. It's time for Joshua to NOT be the baby of the family and instead become independent in his thinking. Sommer faces the delicate balance of transition from adolescence to becoming a young teen (arrrrrgh middle school...) Courtney is almost 18 and I sense a ruffling of feathers and flapping of wings, as she prepares to take flight into young adulthood.
This morning, as my husband and I talked, Greg said--we have to avoid making any hard right turns! Such good wisdom. I love him for that.
Don't get me wrong. Sometimes we have to make sharp turns so as to avoid a collision...but most of the time...life is a smoother ride if we bend and move with the changes of the road.
Hard, fast turns most often are uncalled for. Instead, gradual changes, subtle turns are better for everyone involved.
Today, I sense the Holy Spirit saying, Slow down. Trust Me. Rest in My counsel. Allow me to lead.
In John 14:25-27, Jesus promised: "All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (NIV)
I find it interesting that immediately after Jesus announced the promise of the Holy Spirit, He speaks of peace. Oh, how I need His peace, every moment of every day.
How about you?
Friends, in John 10:27-30 Jesus promises, "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one." (NIV)
Perhaps the best way to avoid hard fast turns is to:
- Make sure we are listening every day.
- Take time to ask God for His wisdom and direction.
- And, surrender our skills of navigation for His by letting go of our agendas to embrace His.