Tomorrow, I leave for Arizona. 4 am will come very early. My clothes aren’t packed yet, but my music and all my gear for my guitar are packed. Wires, extra strings, capo, picks, contact cards, music….I’m ready!
I sign every blog post “Following the path.” Tomorrow the path is leading me to Prescott, Arizona.
But what path am I on? Who is leading?
The Bible talks quite a bit about “paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
But what does that mean?
Paul writes in Galatians 5 to “live freely…motivated by God’s Spirit.”
How do we know if what we are doing is “motivated by God’s Spirit”?….the fruits of the spirit.Whatever spurs on love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, or self-control.
My path is looking a little bumpy in places, once I read the “fruits” I’m supposed to be producing…..especially that last one (self-control)….and the “patience” one can get thrown out the window as well. I really hope no one other than my children, husband, and parents heard my rant at the Lowe’s guy when I called him an idiot…..Ya, shining moment. Grrr…. “for there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit.” (Galatians 5:17) Oh yeah, I was feeling “at odds” earlier this week….
Ah, but that’s why there is AMAZING GRACE!
I slip. I fall. But I’m still continuing to try to clumsily follow the path: “Running with perseverance the race” and “fixing my eyes on Jesus.” (Hebrews 12:1)
The point isn’t to “follow the path” with perfection, or to “run the race” without growing tired, getting shin-splints, or blisters from your brand new Brooks running shoes. No one is running or following perfectly. But we can follow Christ because He “has set us free to live a free life.” (Galatians 5:1) He is the “One who has called you into the race in the first place.” (vs. 8)
We each have our own path in life to follow, but we all have the same Leader. Be encouraged that He’s got you, and rest assured that He will lead you exactly where you need to go.
Following the path,
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