All of my life my dad has had a bit of an adventurous spirit. When we were in the car for a drive he would get to a T in the road and ask, “Left or right?” We would say whichever direction we thought he should turn, and we would go on down the road taking in the scenery and enjoying the trip we were on. I learned a lot on those drives how to keep my sense of direction, how to appreciate where were, and to look in anticipation toward what was coming.
It is the same with my Spiritual Father.
Last night at a cookout, my husband and I were sharing our story of how we met, why we moved to Nebraska, etc. As we spoke, I was reminded of the different ways God encouraged and challenged us. From the moment I said, “Yes,” to my husband we have watched how God has orchestrated things. We have not experienced what some would call a typical marriage. We rely a lot on faith and prayer, but we also see that those moments when others might turn around and go back home. Our individual stories have a distinctive handprint of God on them and it only makes sense to follow Him now, when He has held us so closely since our beginnings.
In the Jesus Calling devotional that I have mentioned before, today’s entry speaks to this point of view. “I long to make your life a glorious adventure but you must stop clinging to old ways. . .Be on the lookout for all that I have prepared for you.” Add to that a prayer card I have from a Beth Moore series, “Glorious God, how I celebrate the fact that . . .my mind has never conceived what You have prepared for me and all others who truly love You,” (ref. 1 Corinthians 2:9).
It only makes sense that any grand and glorious plan I have ever thought of or will ever think of, cannot come close to the shadow of what God has had planned for me since before time began.
Jesus told His disciples to, “Come follow Me and I will make you fishers of men,” (Matthew 4:19). He didn’t say, “Come follow me and I will make all your paths smooth and straight, simple and serene.” The disciples could never have imagined standing in from of the Pharisees and Sanhedrin speaking with authority and power through the Holy Spirit. They couldn’t have believed being rescued from prison by an angel or healing the sick and raising the dead.
The only thing they knew, the only thing they believed was that a life by Jesus’ side would be worth far more than a life without Him. A life without being in His presence. It was a decision that had eternal consequences and influences and they decided immediately and without hesitation. They simply put down their nets, left their boats, and followed Him.
Their lives were never the same again.
That is the life I am choosing every time I stand at a crossroads and can choose left or right, I look to see where Jesus is leading and I follow Him. Every time. No matter where He leads.
Best Beloved, the question then comes, where are you going and who are you following? Are you seeking the quiet, serene life? Are you choosing to follow Jesus knowing your steps will be all over and the terrain will not be the same? Is time for you to come to the T in the road and choose to follow Christ?