I told you before my family and I left on our last trip that the Lord seems to teach me one big lesson during our various trips. This past time was no exception. Maybe I should have taken a hint from what I posted the day I left: "My blessed task from day to day is humbly, gladly, to obey." That is what the Lord impressed on me the past two weeks -- obedience.
The past several years my prayer has been from Psalms 25: “Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me.” How does one know which way to go? With so much to do, I don’t want my days to be filled with stuff, but rather that which God has ordained, that which will prepare me for His future work.
The past month, I’ve been feeling like I lost my vision. I didn’t know what I was supposed to be doing (yet had PLENTY of time fillers). I didn’t know what path I should walk, losing all focus. I continued to cry out to God, yet didn’t seem to get anywhere.
And the Lord showed me why.
For what parent will lay further responsibility on a child that has disregarded their prior commands? What master will entrust much to a servant who hasn’t been faithful in the little things?
The Lord showed me areas in my life where I have not obeyed His commands. Therefore, He can’t give me any new directions when I am not following what He has already asked of me.
But it begins with taking that first step. Obeying. Look at Paul's praise of Philemon:
Sometimes I look so intently toward the top of the mountain that I stumble over the steps leading to it. The journey begins just where I am, with blessings in every step.
He sees beyond the dessert land,