Where are we going? Are we there yet?
If you’ve ever been on a road trip with kids, then you know the above questions are repeated over and over. I wonder, did it ever occur to you that we are often this way with God?
I’m taking two days to search out these 2 questions……..
Where are we going?
I frequently have people talk to me about how they are waiting on the Lord to tell them where to go next. I watch as they often grow impatient and unfortunately sometimes make a hasty decision simply because their comfort level in the waiting has become nearly unbearable. Impatience seems to reign in our society these days. We’ve all been guilty of it.
When someone asks me what they should do once they’ve asked God for direction and He has yet to give any, I simply respond, “If He hasn’t given you any direction then stay where you are until He does.”
It sounds simple, but we all know that it isn’t. But that doesn’t mean it’s not the right thing to do. If you are a passenger in a vehicle, and you are waiting for the driver to get into the car and they are not coming fast enough would you get very far sticking one leg over to push the gas? I imagine that’s a pretty fast way to wreck. Yet, in essence, we do this very thing over and over again to God.
We proclaim that God is King and give our lives to Him, yet it often only takes a little discomfort for us to start reaching over and trying to take the wheel from His hands. I can’t count how many times I’ve been guilty of this.
It’s never too late to change. So today I challenge you. Are you trying to take the wheel from God’s hands? Are you passionately impatient about your season or receiving an answer to what’s next? Just take a minute and be honest with yourself. If you see yourself wrestling with God for control, then I challenge you to go before Him and lay it down. Ask for His forgiveness. If you need to, ask Him to show you how to let go and how to wait. I have had to ask Him those questions many times, and He is always eager to answer. Next, cut yourself some slack. If you find yourself grabbing for the wheel again, it’s ok, just follow the steps of repenting and letting go again. He knows that learning this will be a process and He is a very patient Teacher. Breathe in the love of the Father and breathe out the release of your control. You can trust Him.
God, please forgive me for any time I have wrestled You for control of my life. You gave me this life, and I give it back to You as an act of worship. Lord, You alone are trustworthy. Help me to always be very aware of Your hand moving in my life, and equally aware when I begin to try to take back this life I’ve surrendered to You. Help me to stay constantly surrendered. I am Yours, forever and all time. I love You. In Jesus name, Amen.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:24-26
I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1