Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Laying Down My Map

One day during my trip to Charleston, I had a wonderful time with the Lord out on the hotel terrace watching the waves roll in as the sun began to light up the sky.  My heart was at rest, full of humble gratitude and content to simply wait on the Lord to take me where He was going.  For once I was able to lay down my map and do what my daddy always told me, “Sit back and enjoy the ride.”  I do love to have a map when I’m going somewhere.  Of course now everybody likes to have their GPS.  My Aunt Judy hit the wrong button on her GPS during her drive down to the shore and it started speaking Polish which was really not helpful.  Lord has a trip plan, but sometimes I am all too aware that it is written in a language in which I’m still not very fluent.  Many times, I simply have to sit back and let my Abba Father – my Daddy God- drive.  My dad delighted in piling the family in the car on a Saturday afternoon and taking off without telling us where we were going.  That always drove me crazy!  Now that I’m older, I’m pretty sure he didn’t tell us where we were going because he had no idea where we would end up.  It didn’t matter because he knew how to get us home.  Isn’t it good to know that our Heavenly Father knows how to get us home?  He will get each one of us there in His good time and on the scenic route of His choosing.  What sweet pleasure it brings to His heart when we sit back like trusting little children and look out the window in expectation of a wonderful adventure, safe and secure with Dad at the wheel.  No telling where you might find yourself – with my dad it might be a stop at a country store for a soda in a glass bottle from an old timey cooler.  With our Abba Father, it might be someplace you never imagined you would go – like a crowded Shanghai subway at rush hour.  Wherever He takes us, one thing is certain – all the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful to for those who live in covenant with Him.  (Psalm 25:10)
Abba Father, please give us grace to rest in You even when we don’t know exactly where the road leads.  Help us delight Your heart by trusting You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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