Sunday, January 7, 2018

Rekindle that love

Faith makes all things possible... love makes all things easy. (Dwight L. Moody) 

What we label as impossible is not seen the same way by God. What we label as possible may also not be seen quite the same by God! It is important to get God's perspective on each move we make - because we don't want to be ahead of his timing, outside of his plans, or apart from his presence to guide us through!

6 For the Lord watches over all the plans and paths of godly men, but the paths of the godless lead to doom. (Psalm 1:6 TLB)

We want to be on a path that is leading us somewhere in which we actually realize some benefit from exploring. We don't want to just spin our wheels or "travel" for the sake of traveling. I remember our Sunday afternoon drives as a kid - a tradition dad established early in life and one which continued well into my teenage years. We'd set out, but dad always had a destination in mind - even though we didn't always know what it was. We'd take in some scenery along the way, while passing the time in conversation and by making observations of having seen a jackrabbit, roadrunner, or the like along the journey. Where he took us was always "agreeable" to our senses, our heart, and our spirit!

God is just as careful in his plans for us, but they go well beyond the Sunday afternoon plans! They are continual plans - pathways unfolding before us each moment of the day - some new, others well-worn paths we just follow time and time again because we are faithfully ministered to along those paths. While it may be hard for us to travel some of them, others come much easier because we understand those paths. There are always going to be those paths that stretch us, while at other times the paths we travel will soothe us - bringing us respite and refreshing. Each has a purpose and each is best left in his capable hands of "driving us" to that end point on that path!

Why is it a path in God's capable hands seems to be easier to travel than one we are carving out ourselves? It might just be what Moody said - love makes all things easy! The over-arching love of God is what makes the path we travel a little easier and less "scary" - even though it may be a hard one to traverse. God's love is with us, just as my dad's love was always with us on those Sunday outings. He knew the importance of providing for his family - even if that provision was just for re-connection and a bit of laughter along the way! God isn't going to allow us to carve out our own paths for very long - there will come a time when we will yearn for that "re-connection" again. That yearning within us is because we miss that connection with his love - we miss HIM! 

My father's life was taken from us way sooner than I'd have liked, making those Sunday afternoon drives a thing of the past. It is a sure thing that my heavenly Father's care over all my paths will never cease, though. He will always be present with me - even when I choose to move ahead of his timing, not listen as close to his voice, or cease to heed his warnings. Just because I choose my own path doesn't mean he loves me any less - and the same applies to each of you! His love is drawing us each back to the path he has planned - the one in which connection is restored and love is rekindled deeply. Just sayin!