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Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Road Through A Year

As I sat this morning at a local fast food restaurant, waiting on the breakfast that did not live up to the claim of fast, I reflected back over the traveled path of my year.

The road I travel each morning is under construction. There are days when I sit still---waiting to move ahead---some days I stop as many as three times! Each day I am at the mercy of the “sign holder.” You know the one. He stands there and holds a sign all---day---long. On one side it reads stop. On the other side it reads slow.

You may think this sounds crazy…but the slow side of the sign is more aggravating and testing of my patience than the stop side. I mean, if I can go…then let’s get it in gear and MOVE sister! I have also noticed some things about me in the times of this road construction. On days when I have an agenda---I prefer things at a fast pace. Get with the program and all that jazz!. . . . But then there are days when I am simply to be still.
Jeff and I were discussing this morning (he’s at my mercy of discussion as we wait in the surgery center room for his painless test [since he'll be asleep],---and might I add---he is not a very patient patient), the deal of traffic issues and who it bugs the most. I told him that while we had the same problem---both of us get agitated when we are driving, and someone “without much drive” gets in front of us---however, when he’s driving---I am less irritated by the other drivers.

When he is driving, my focus is not so much on the road we are traveling, rather my attention is on the view. On the sky. The surroundings. The landscape. I enjoy traveling more when Jeff’s driving. I almost said simply, “when I’m not driving”, and while that is true---I prefer Jeff over anyone else. Why? I trust him. I have ridden hundreds of thousands of miles with the man and I trust he knows what he’s doing and where he’s going. There is no other human being on this earth that I can say that about.

Let’s lay this out in spiritual tones. It’s really very simple. Let God drive. Let Him do the navigating and planning of the best route to take you on this coming year. Well---actually for the rest of the drive. All the way to heaven’s gates. I guarantee you will enjoy the ride much more if you relinquish control of the steering wheel to the Master GPS.

So tell me ladies, who is holding the sign on the road you are on?
And what does it say? Go? Slow down? Wait? Stop? Or, maybe it says, "I am with you...always..." The sign is easily read. It's found in His word. Every promise. Every detail of our lives is completely covered.

Today this is what my sign read:

Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
Psalm 46:10 KJV

And then later I saw this sign:

I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, THE Maker of heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; your protector will not slumber. Indeed, the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep. The LORD protects you; the LORD is a shelter right by your side. The sun will not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life. The LORD will protect your coming and going both now and forever.
Psalm 121 Holman CSB

Before I send you on your way...allow me to share three things that our pastor, Stephen Potter shared with us at the beginning of 2008.

►Face your fears
►Forget your failures
►Follow your faith

God will be holding the sign, directing the flow of traffic. Don't take on more tasks than He has called you to this year. Clean out your closets--both spiritually and physically. (That is my yearly mantra.) AND last but not least---as you open up your heart to Him afresh each day, ask Him to reveal more of His Word and life to you as you dig in and study!

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Blogger Denise said...

You bless me sweetly sister dear.

December 28, 2008 at 1:04 AM  
Blogger sailorcross said...

Beautiful post, Angie!!

This is exactly what I needed to hear this morning as I sat and thought about what direction God is leading me in.

Thanks for pointing me to the signs God has posted in my life for this time.


December 28, 2008 at 5:18 AM  
Blogger Betsy Markman said...

Oh, I needed this this morning!

December 28, 2008 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

It's good to see you here, my friend....

Thanks for sharing your heart!

I wonder what Papa God has in store for us all in 2009?


December 28, 2008 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger Bernadine said...

Angie I love this post! What inspirational end of year thoughts.
Thank you for sharing.

December 28, 2008 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger Heather@Mommymonk said...

Wow - Angie, this hit me right where I'm at. Things are either moving too slow or too fast for me, but if I'd just let HIM drive, maybe I could relax a little and enjoy the view. Great perspective!

December 29, 2008 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger ktwalden said...

What wonderful promises our Heavenly Father has given us! Thank you for reminding me to hand over my steering wheel to Him...

December 29, 2008 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger LauraLee Shaw said...

This is wonderful. And I whole-heartedly agree: SLOW is much harder than stop or go, most of the time anyway. Thank you for the admonishment soaked in Truth.

December 30, 2008 at 12:45 PM  

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