Sunday, August 14, 2011

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

"If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast." ~Psalm 139:9,10
"In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps." ~Proverbs 16:9   

Do you ever stop and wonder what your life would be like if you had done something differently? It could be something major, like taking another job or buying a different house. Even the seemingly insignifcant everyday choices can have a lasting impact on your life, from the route you took to work, to the place you stopped for lunch. The list is unending of every choice we make and how it can affect our lives. If you let it, it can drive you crazy wondering, "What if I had....." in neverending scenarios. Each choice remembered can hold positive or negative memories and emotions. Some haunt us for a lifetime. Others we spend our lives being thankful for.
This whole concept has been weighing on my mind a lot lately. My husband and I are contemplating some changes in the next year or two. We get caught up in wondering what is best and how our choices will impact our lives and the lives of those we love. How will it affect our parents? What about our grown children? And our grandchildren? And on and on it goes...
How wonderfully reassuring to know that God has all the answers. He also has paths marked out for us to benefit all concerned. Our part is to show up, seek Him and His will, and following His nudges. I know that if we go to Him in sincerity and faith, He will guide our every step. "The safest place to be is in the center of God's will." When we look at it this way, the changes coming up don't look so frightening. In fact, they become an adventure. We don't have to worry or fret about a wrong choice because we have the ultimate Guide directing our steps. Can it get any better than this?
I have never been spelunking; just the thought of being inside of a cave gives me an uneasy feeling. But if I were to venture out and try it, you can be darn sure I would want to be holding my guide's hand the entire time! This is how I feel about the future. I don't know what it holds, but I am going to be a lot more excited and at peace about it if I am holding on to my Guide's hand each step of the way.

"Before us is a future all unknown, a path untrod;
Beside us is a Friend well loved and known ~ that Friend is God."
~ Author Unknown      
  

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed this post Julie - I often wonder "what if" myself.

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