Where are you going? What’s your story? I don’t mean in the literal sense of “where are you going”, like driving down a road, but where are you headed in your life? Are you going in the right direction, the direction that leads to a closer walk to the Lord, or are you headed 100mph down a road that had “Wrong Way” written at the start of it?
We can all get side-tracked by life and end up taking detours that can have both good and bad outcomes. Sometimes we are so busy looking out the window that we miss what is right in front of us. I want to slow down and really take in the view on my journey, but also, I want to be sure I am going the right direction. I want my heart and head so in-tuned to the Holy Spirit that I cannot miss the “turn here” signs. Does that mean that only good things will come my way? No, it does not. Our lives are a mixture of just enough moments. Just enough heartache to grow us, just enough laughter to keep us going, just enough hardships to draw us ever nearer the Lord. We need everything in balance. And our Father in Heaven gives us just enough of everything. All good gifts come from him.
James 1:17 tells us this: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father in heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows.”
We may think we have completely and totally ruined our lives at times, but that simply is not possible, if we take that mistake and surrender it to Jesus. Will we have consequences for it? Yes, and sometimes those last for the rest of our lives, but if we surrender them to the Lord, turn from our mistake and make a fresh start, He will help us. He will use what we have for our good and his glory.
Our mistakes do not change the Father’s will for our lives. He allows us those times to help refine us on our journey. If you are born again then you have already started living out your eternity with Jesus. Every day brings us closer to our last day and as we journey through the roads of life, we are going to occasionally do the wrong thing, hopefully not often, but we all make mistakes. God knows that we will, he formed us and set us on our course. He even designed our mistakes for us. Yes, we have free will, but it does not trump God’s will, if it did, he would not be God! Now the line between free will and God’s will is something you and I just have to accept. It is too deep for my brain.
I personally am so thankful that God uses even my mistakes, my “what have I done” moments to draw me ever closer to him and somehow in the mess of things make me more into his image. If you find yourself barreling down the wrong road. STOP! Look up and ask for help, when you do, He will! He will redirect you and help you as you make your way back. Trust him, lean on him, surrender to him and enjoy the new direction you are going. Watch the road signs carefully and listen for that still small voice that guides us as we go.