God Teaches Lessons – Even When We are not Paying Attention.

Posted: January 28, 2009 in Uncategorized
Photo By: Yogendra174 (Creative Commons)

The phrase “hind sight is 20/20” is a cliche for a reason. Not because it is used so much, but because it is true. I might be willing to go so far as to say hind sight is 20/10 or even 20/5 (continue going lower as long as you like).
My point is when we look back on situations the picture is usually crystal clear. We can see what God wanted us to have the faith to believe in the first place and realize His plan is always the right one. In Romans, Paul tells us, “…let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Rom 12:2 NLT).”

Recently, I went for a walk around my neighborhood. There were some storm clouds off in the distance moving closer at a pretty good speed. I did not want to cut my walk short so I asked God to hold back the rain until I could finish. Then, and this is not hyperbole or written for cinematic suspense, I came to a fork in the road. With the rain threatening and a bit more than a mile and a half to go I had to decide if I wanted to go left, the shorter, faster way or continue on my usual path, to the right, and risk getting soaked. I felt God speak to me and say “go the usual way – you will not get soaked.” 
Being the great man of faith that I am, I went left. Almost immediately it began to rain. Not hard, just enough to get me wet. Then it stopped and God spoke to me again. This time he said “Go where I tell you to go, no matter what obstacles, difficulties or distractions you face.” I realized that I would not have gotten any wetter than I did had I gone the way God told me to go than I did following my own path. God illustrated that by causing to P-O-U-R about 20 minutes after I got home. The same time I would have arrived had I not gone my own way.
The Bible tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope – (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT).”
This should encourage us all. Just knowing that God has something for us to do, even if we do not exactly what IT is, should fill us with joy and excitement. 
That the creator of the universe has a job that ONLY you can do might be, well is, a little scary to be sure. But to know that He will be with you and help you no matter what, the Bible says, “With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall (Psalm 18:29 NLT) and “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength (Phil 4:13 NLT).”
We need to make every effort to get where God wants us to go. We must keep our focus on Him. “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you – (Proverbs 4:25 NLT),” and “…press on… (Philippians 3:14 – NLT)” until you reach the place God has planned for you.

Even if you get there a little wet, it is better than missing the destination all together.

Have you ever felt God lead you in a direction only to find out later that you SHOULD have followed that route? Tell me about it in the comments below.

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