Friday, May 27, 2016

may God direct our steps

The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.

We make plans, but God is the one who opens or closes paths.  What we have to come to realize is that the will of God is always right.  Do we want what God wants?  It’s a tough question.

God’s plan is not to manipulate us or to make us do whatever He wants.  His plan is to love us and help us be the possible best we can be.  The more we get to know God, the most we grasp His love for us, the more we understand how incredible His way is for us.  That is what I want, and I pray that is what you want too.

Because of our daughter Ruth’s graduation, preparing for college and all the happenings going on around us we have been thinking about what steps and plans are ahead.  Planning isn’t easy.  It isn’t easy especially when there is money involved and other people or processes that are hard.

Move forward.  Get stronger.  Take challenges.  Enjoy the adventure and the journey, and all along the way walk with God.

My favorite poem about this adventure of life is Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

I pray we allow God to direct our steps.  By choosing not to move forward or not to plan means we dismiss what God has for us.  Let God guide you forward, but also let God make the necessary changes for your good.  No, He doesn’t give us all the details.  We can believe with all our heart that loves us so much that He has our best and His glory right ahead.

Romans 8:28  NASB
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

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