Life's journey is an adventure. Our path goes up, down and around bends which mask what lies ahead. Sometimes we find the journey exhilarating, and other times it seems as though everything is spinning out of control.
Our son arrived home safely last night. His journey was a long one, taking six days to drive home from Northern Saskatchewan. Normally it would take three. Thawing snow on the roads instantly turned into black ice when temperatures dropped late in the afternoon, a beautiful forecast for the mountains quickly changed producing blowing snow, and the tires on his 12' trailer had to be replaced (along with all new ball bearings) when he arrived in Kamloops. Nothing looked sweeter than the ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay!
A LOT of people were praying for safety from the moment he headed out (especially from his sweetie) and I'm sure there was a lot of gratitude streaming up to the Lord upon his safe arrival.
Everyone can probably relate to some incidences similar to Kris's, literally and figuratively. I know Kip and I can. We have travelled that same journey through the mountains for 10 years and we know how unpredictable every hour is, particularly through the mountain passes. Life's journey parallels this unpredictability. So how do we cope?
After acquiring my brain injury a lot of unknowns shrouded the pathway ahead. Everything was unpredictable. But just as Kris did, we kept plowing ahead, praying for guidance, wisdom and protection. We placed our trust in the Lord, asking Him to lead us step by step through each day. Gradually we learned to release the shackles of worry, replacing them with hearts of gratitude for every blessing bestowed upon us--no matter how small it may have seemed. When thoughts and hearts turn to gratitude instead of worry or anger, negative thinking loses it's grip and peace comfortably settles in.
This change of focus requires constant exercise of the will, but it does get easier with time and practice. When you take God's hand and let Him lead you onto the next step, you begin to trust more and worry less. The journey will still have ups and downs, bends and twists, and unpredictability will still exist....BUT....when you know you are not going it alone because the One who created you is holding you tight, your anxious heart begins to relax. When you trust the Lord to guide you through each day and circumstance, it is very freeing and the journey holds promise for a satisfying life--because God is in control.
"When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid." (Psalm 56: 3, 4a NIV)
"But as for me, I trust in you." (Psalm 55: 23b NIV)
"To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God......Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long." (Psalm 25: 1, 4 & 5 NIV)
KEYWORD: TRUST-- In what ways can we learn to trust more and worry less?
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