A Personal Journey

Who of us hasn’t faced a tough decision in our life one that you knew would have a significant impact on the days and even years ahead? Your life can follow many different paths. Some paths are right for a while until they simply aren’t and you find yourself at that proverbial fork in the road where you are forced to make that very tough decision, do you break that diet you have been doing so well with, will you leave a job you have been working on for years for your dream opportunity, one of a lifetime the one that you’ve always dreamed of, what will it be do you stay or do you go out of that marriage that hasn’t seen love since you said I do, It’s time to choose a new direction, make a tough decision.  

Some paths you choose are obviously wrong and will do nothing but lead you to very bad places. Then there are those paths that appear to be right but are still wrong – Proverbs 14:12. It is not easy for our finite mind to fathom how our actions could be a perfect balance of predestination by God and our free will choices. These are two seemingly contradictory concepts, both of which often occur simultaneously. In fact, there seems to be a one-to-one relationship between the two; one does not exist without the other. God’s predestination and our human free will both take place, equally, and in tandem. In his heart, a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps – Proverbs 16:9.

If you were to take two bowls and fill one with ice cream, sprinkles, and whipped cream and the other with debris and place them both in front of a child although we know what the child would choose our knowing this in no way violates the child’s right to choose. While God has a plan for your life. He has some objectives for you. Even knowing those truths, it’s still easy to get stuck in the whirlpool of questionable decisions, and bad choices. Who am I supposed to marry? Where am I going to live? What am I going to do for work? It’s time to set aside the questions and get back to what God has said. – Jeremiah 29:11–13.

When God says, “I know the plans I have for you,” His words are a great comfort. But wouldn’t you love to get a look at those plans? The question isn’t, “Does God know?” The tension is brought on by the thought, “I want to know!” Although God understands our questions, He doesn’t owe us any answers. It’s as if He says, “I know, but I’m not going to fill you in just yet.” God has a plan for your life it’s already laid out it’s like an outline just waiting for you to follow. How can I when I don’t know what it is you say, ah you may not know what the plan is, but you do know who does so why not simply ask?

Jesus is accustomed to encountering people from all walks of life and their many questions. Like many today, there were those who wanted to know how to live life more complete, how to be sure they were traveling on the right road. Some wanted to understand how to love those around them deeper and authentic. Others wanted to know about death and eternal life. Many wanted to experience God’s forgiveness for their failures and sin. There were even those who wanted to understand how to pray, and how to worship. However, the majority of people wanted to know how to connect with God.

To each of these people Jesus always offers a simple response in the form of a standing invitation: “Follow me.” As He told the rich young ruler who was trying to figure out how to obtain, or otherwise get to eternal life Jesus basically says you have been doing pretty good for yourself but forget your plans, and come follow me. How about you are you willing to forget your plans, toss them to the side and follow the creator of the blueprint for your life.

Jesus says in John 8:12 …” I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

God’s Peace!

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