Wednesday, September 16, 2009

No Time Off

"A reckless car ran out of gas before it came by way" - Amy Grant, "Angels Watching Over Me"

If you've been a Christian for any length of time, you've undoubtedly experienced times in your walk that have felt static. These can sneak up on us unaware, or they can be the result of a particular time in our journey coming to an end. There is little comfort in understanding the reason why when we feel grounded in the mire. Like a traveler emerged in quicksand, we can see the point that we wish to get to, we just can't seem to get there.

And while there may be little comfort in understanding the reasons why, there is comfort in this - even when we don't understand how God is at work, we can rest assured that He is. God doesn't vacation, He isn't closed for the holidays, and He never calls in sick. He is continuously working for His good pleasure, both in our lives and in the lives of others who follow Him (See Romans 8:28). When we feel a lack of God's hands on our lives, it isn't because He has forgotten about us. Instead, He is arranging things, preparing us for the next step He wants us to take. We may feel His conviction, hear His call, or feel His love at specific moments in time, but that's not the only times where He is employed in furthering His kingdom through us. He is always working.

Practically this means that we can be confident that as we follow Him, He is leading. Even when it feels like we aren't going anywhere, He is still journeying with us. Like a guide that has walked the road before, He is simply preparing the path that He wants us to take.

So the next time you feel like God's calling on your life is unclear, or the steps He wants you to are a mystery, stand firm knowing that you shouldn't abandon the call on your life, because He certainly hasn't.

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