A few days ago Georgina, my wife, and I were out for a prayer drive, just being alone with the Lord. (You might remember in my last blog I told you about our "prayer drives") Well, it was a beautiful day and I took a lot of back roads, turning this way and then that, until I think I even confused "Elizabeth", that is my Garmin GPS voice. I came to the end of one of those, "I'm turning left", even though she said, "turn right",roads and I came to a 4-way stop at a crossroads and on one corner there was the typical country store/gas station and pit BBQ Mm-mm, all in one spot. My wife looked at me and with a really big smile said, "I know where I'm at!"
Now the interesting thing about that is, while Georgina started driving at age 16, and even though she is a real good driver, she's not been real good at directions in areas outside her domestic domain. Especially, after a change to a new place. Now as we find ourselves in a new geographical assignment, she suddenly has an uncanny sense of direction and realization of her surroundings. It is like this, we go down a road one time and she remembers it, not only that, she knows right where it will take us. There's something almost spookie about the fact that she is in the right place, at the right time, and the understanding of things around her is just the norm for her now. No, my friends, it is not spookie, it a spiritual thing.
The point I want to make, is when you get focused in life, your spirit is in tune with the Father's Spirit and you're in the right place, at the right time, you're going to have a spiritually sound focus on where you're at, and what you doing. I just believe its a God given sense of direction. Not just in driving, but in all sense of your life's directions.
When your in your right mind, focused and Christ-like, you can see things that you wouldn't normally see. When there's a clarity, you can understand things that you wouldn't normally understand because you are seeing through the eyes of the Spirit. With the focus and purpose we are finding in our new spiritual, and geographical assignment, many things around us are suddenly clearer, and her understanding of roads and direction is just one of the unique things that have become apparent in this our new season of life.
As we go through life it is not all about our geographical or driving directions for sure. However, I do believe our lives do need a correct GPS (God Positioning System) to keep us on the right road, going in the right direction, to get us to the right place, at the right time, Don't you? We as parents try to train our children as they grow up to listen to the right advice, pay attention when you cross the street, always obey the Police, and respect our elders and the American Flag. But, as we get older and find ourselves in different surroundings or culture we sometimes get off the mark. What we were taught at home or church sometimes gets forgotten because of environmental pressure, and if we don't have a strong system of Faith and Spiritual relationships, our vision blurred and life's direction is lost.
Joseph Chilton Pearce said, "Seeing within changes one's outer vision". In other words, if we see with our spirit, our natural vision will become more pure.
The psalmist says it this way in Prov 3:5-6 (NIV);
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."
We must always keep our selves tuned into what God sets before us, keeping a daily time of Prayer and communication with our Heavenly Father. I like the way the Apostle Paul said it in Eph 5:8-14 (NIV)
"For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
The Psalmist David says in Psalm121, "Where does my help come from? it comes from the Lord," You talk about someone with ups and downs in their life, well, that sure was the pattern of Davids life, but I encourage you to read Psalm 121, It is full hope and peace from someone who found out where to find that Hope and peace.
I also challenge you to invite the Holy Spirit to be your BEST FRIEND. He will help you keep pure, holy, and focused on that which is right. Then you can say like my wife, "Hey I know right where I'm at, and where I am going"
"I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip - he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you - the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life; "
Ps 121:1-7 (NIV)
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