Have you ever made a wrong turn on the way to your destination and wondered if you’d ever find your way back? No- this is not a Guys-only question, girls! I did it just a couple days ago in a town I was unfamiliar with, and upon realizing my mistake, I developed a whole new language and disposition on life. ..Ughh! How fast that can happen for me! Worse yet, my young son was sitting next to me, so yes, he got to hear all the colors of the rainbow as I struggled to find my way back to the right road. I don’t know how many miles I drove on that long, wrong road, but it seemed like forever before I found the right road home.
I was thinking this morning about how that “detour” I took was a diversion off more than just the road I was on. When I realized I was not on the right road, I chose for myself a path of frustration, anger and self-dependence to carry me. Can anyone relate?? Did I forget that my Lord was right there with me the whole time, just waiting for my eyes to turn to Him? Waiting, waiting… Did I really think I was on my own trying to find my way back? Well I wasn’t. My Lord was right there with me getting a full dose of my newfound attitude while I tried to figure it out on my own.
You’ve heard the expression, “Keep your eyes on the prize!” That’s actually very Biblical, isn’t it? 1Cor 9:24-27 says, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” Well on Wednesday, I was running aimlessly. I absolutely felt like a boxer beating the air!! Why?? Not because I took my tires off the path home, NO– because I took my eyes off the Prize!!! I did not trust that my Lord would steer me back to the way home. Well, in His Gracious Love, He did anyway,… But it took a lot longer than if I would have taken a deep breath, exhaled a prayer and gone to Him in the first place!
So this morning I have been praying for self-control…Go figure. 1 Peter 5:8-9a says, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith…” Lack of self-control turns the knob of the door open for Satan to enter the scene, and you can be sure the result will be bad. Self-control is not self-explanatory… It is a fruit of the Spirit of the Living God! (Gal 5:22-23). Ask for it- you will receive it! (Matt 7:7)
My long ride home also reminded me of the most beautiful truth: that my Daddy stands waiting with arms open wide at ALL TIMES for me to run to back to Him!!! If I do forsake His teaching not to veer to the right or left, but to keep my eyes affixed upon His Son (Heb 12:12), He has mercy on me in His infinite, unfailing Love, and He patiently waits for my return (prodigal daughter!). He never takes His eyes off me, always yearning for mine to connect with His to bring me safely home. Thank You, Abba, Father!!! I love you, Daddy!!!!
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