Sliding off

Today I got lost trying to find a cemetery. I was on back roads I had never seen before & my GPS curiously quit working. Then I came upon a road I had seen on my map. Hallelujah! But that only lasted a mere second because just as I was rejoicing, I hit an ice patch & slid off into a ditch. I was stuck on a back road, in the middle of nowhere, with no way of getting out. My husband began the search to help me, but because I wasn't sure where I was it took well over an hour for him to find me. In that hour I had a lot of quiet time to think. As I sat there thinking of the rotten luck of finally finding my road & then sliding into a ditch, I began to think of how easily it is to slide off course in my spiritual life. If I let down my guard for a minute, satan can swoop in with an icy patch & throw me off the road.
Right now, I am embarking on a new spiritual chapter in my life. It is one filled with lots of great opportunities, but also lots of blind turns into the unknown. If I did not have a strong trust for God, I would not be able to take this new journey. I fear the unknown. I am seeing God work through my life to reach people like I always prayed that he would, but until now, I didn't have the trust, nor the depth of faith to allow it to happen. I am excited, but I am cautious as well. I know that if I run ahead or take my eyes off of Him, I could wind up in the ditch. If I've learned anything, its that the more I do for Gods kingdom, the more satan will try to find ways to make me fail. All he needs is a moment of weakness on my part to run me off the road.
Before now, I spent much of my life taking the opportunities God sat before me & running so fast & so far ahead that I soon lost my way & the opportunity. God has been teaching me over the last year to slow down, trust Him, & wait on His command. It has not been an easy year at all, but one that has benefited me spiritually in such a great & amazing way. God brought front & center the areas of my life that were holding me back from serving Him. Though the last year has been the hardest of my life, it is also the year I'm most thankful for.
As I embark on this new chapter, I am painfully aware of just how fixed I need to be on the one who leads me beside still waters. I know I have nothing to give that He has not given me. I know that I must keep in constant prayer to stay connected with my guide in this jungle of unknowns. I'm doing things I never imagined I would do. I'm reaching people in ways I never thought I could. I know that is nothing short of Gods hand at work.
Sitting in that ditch I began to realize the consequences of not following my guide. I will fail if I attempt this alone. I will prevail if I follow His footsteps closely. Because I know how bad I am at directions and how much worse I am on slippery roads, I know I must let my trust & faith in my God lead the way. I don't know how or when this chapter will end, but I don't need to because He does. I don't need to know what waits around every turn because He knows. That's all I need to know. For You are with me, thy rod & thy staff, they comfort me.


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