I saw a picture on face book that said this above it, “Story of My Life” and the picture was a graph with 2 sides. One was a perfect line that said “my plans” and on the other side a scribbly line that said” what actually happened.”
When we make “our plans” for life without including God in the picture, it can be a scribbled up mess. When we want to write our own story and not live His story, our lives can lead to destruction and chaos.
I just read in Johnathan Cahn’s daily devotional that we need hedges in our lives. The word for this in Hebrew is charootz. He explains how making lines of hedges in you life is a decision, determination. We have to be determined to follow Jesus. We need to make decisions that reflect our belief in Him.
When we make a definite decision to follow Jesus and we are determined that nothing will stand in our way then He makes our paths straight. Proverbs 3:6, in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Personally I want the story of my life to be the story He wrote for me because I know it’s good. Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Back in 2010 I began reading Alice in Wonderland after seeing the movie. The movie jumped out at me with all kinds of spiritual insight! I want to share some lines from the book that spoke to me along with the meaning I got from it that the Holy Spirit revealed to me.
Alice In Wonderland: For you see, so many out of the way things had been happening lately that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible. Alice had got so much into the way of expecting nothing but out of the way things to happen, that it seemed quite dull and stupid for life to go on in the common way. Dear, dear! How queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.
I want to share that when I received Jesus that these things started happening to me and they still do! I actually get depressed if nothing is happening. The times when I don’t recognize God in my life. When I don’t see Him, through various ways, I get sad. My life has no meaning, no purpose if I don’t connect myself with the Holy Spirit. I cannot and do not want to live without Jesus’ presence in my day to day life. Alice also said to think of 6 impossible things before breakfast. They can be possible through Jesus Christ! Stay on the path! There is a predestined path formed by God for you to walk in. Jeremiah 29:11 says, For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.
Destiny is real if you choose it. Ephesians 2:10, For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us]. Our lives are predestined by God as long as we are walking the path God has planned for us. That path of God is planned by Him for us to make us a good and prosperous life. When we choose another path, the one we form, we then open ourselves up to Satan to take control of our life. This leads to destruction and ruin.
God does promise that if we get off the path, just as Alice did in the movie, that He works everything out for our good. Romans 8:28, And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. Keep loving God, putting Him first and growing up in Jesus and you will be back on the path for your life!
I watched a movie yesterday called The Lake House starring Sandra Bullock. It’s a love story but what I saw in it was of spiritual nature. This woman and man are separated by time. Kinda like us and Jesus. While I was watching this movie I couldn’t help but compare it to our walk with Jesus! The man is in 2004 and she is in 2006. They write each other letters when put in the mailbox at the lake house it travels through time. One scene jumped out at me when he asked her to go for a walk with him in the city. He mapped it out where she was to go. He would walk the path at the same time as her knowing she would be walking the same path too. It showed them walking separate and at the end of the walk she found a message from him on the brick wall that said,”Kate, I’m here with you. Thank you for a lovely Saturday together.” Even though she couldn’t “see” him it didn’t mean he wasn’t there and that he wasn’t real and alive! Jesus is saying this to us! You can’t see me now but WAIT and you will! They fell in love of course, but she gives up on being with him because it gets too hard to bear. To love him and not be able to be with him. They mention a book in the movie called Persuasion by Jane Austen. This book is a love story also and it’s all about waiting. Kate tells Alex about the book and how the couple has to wait and even after waiting it still may not be the right time. Alex said how terrible that is! She agrees. After a couple years of waiting they plan a date which is only a day for her but 2 years for him! He doesn’t show up and she ends up asking him to let her go. I won’t spoil the movie , so I will leave it at that but the end is wonderful because she asks him to wait 2 more years for her. It’s very hard for him to do but he does it and at the end they have the most glorious and wonderful meeting where they can see one another at last! This is a reflection of our walk with Jesus. He is with us, we can’t give up! Even though He isn’t visible to our eyes we believe He is there. Our love should keep us on the path of knowing someday we will see Him face to face. He loves us and wants us to love Him back. If we can live out our life walking in union with Him the waiting will have it’s reward! Seeing Him in all His glory and splendor! We can be there with Him forever!
Waiting is something no one likes to do but if you have ever waited for something you know the great reward of finally having it. Waiting requires patience. Patience comes from self control. In exercising patience, godliness develops, exercising godliness develops brotherly affection, brotherly affection develops love. [ 2 Peter 1:5] Waiting can feel like your dying inside but remember waiting develops character traits that God wants you to have. As you develop these traits, they will keep you from being idle or unfruitful unto the personal knowledge of Jesus Christ.
The scripture Revelations 2:1-5 is talking to the churches. This church is doing right but they don’t love God and others like they did in the beginning. They are being called to return to their love and what they did in the beginning of their belief.
Many times in these five and half years since I was saved I have fallen away just like the church in Revelations. When I prayed about what to do, God always directed me: Go back to what you did when you first encountered Jesus. Remember how elated you were and how you hungered for My Word. You couldn’t get enough of singing praise and thanking Jesus. You couldn’t believe Jesus died for you and couldn’t stop thanking Him.
If you find yourself lost and have veered off the path just go back to what you were doing when it first started happening. God will take it where you left off. Time might have been lost but God makes up for it. Don’t feel guilty, trust that it’s happening the way it’s suppose to. God is always with us and He understands our attention span is small. He loves us so much that He doesn’t leave us alone. He will pursue us again and again until we see that life with Him is peace, love, joy, security. I never want to go away from Him again.
C.S. Lewis wrote: We all want progress but if you are on the wrong road progress means doing an about- turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.
If your on the wrong road, what you think is progress is really leading you to a dead end. Kyle Idleman talked about roads that lead to nowhere on the Easter Experience. Roads that lead to nowhere are ones that don’t include Jesus and ones that don’t put Him first. Only He knows the right road to take, only He knows the directions, only He knows the destination, so why not trust Him? Turn from wrong roads and begin making progress again. Progress in this pilgrimage of Christianity.
The scripture Matthew 6:33, But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well, has been a significant one in my life as a follower of Jesus. When I heard it the first time was during Whitney Houston’s funeral when Bishop Jakes talked there. I can still remember his voice saying this scripture and me hanging on the words trying to understand the meaning. At first, for awhile I have thought it means to put God first in my day, my life and He will take care of me. I do think it has this meaning but there is also a deeper meaning or maybe another meaning to me since I have matured. I have been thinking what “His righteousness” means. Jesus is our righteousness which means right standing with God. Only through Jesus can we have right standing with God. So, to seek His righteousness, I need to seek Jesus. Since I am born again, I already have sought Jesus and now have His righteousness. I have put Him first and now I have right standing with God and have access to God’s Kingdom living. Because this is true, God gives me everything else I need.
This gives way to delighting myself in God. Psalm 37:4, Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart. Another word for delight is captivate. When I have great pleasure and captivate myself with Jesus and God, He gives me the desires of my heart. What He wants us to desire is Him first. A heart that desires God above all else is the delighted, fulfilled person. Not only that but God directs the steps of the one who delights in Him and establishes his way. Psalm 37:23, The steps of a [good and righteous] man are directed and established by the Lord,
And He delights in his way [and blesses his path]. So, God will direct which way to go in life and you have the assurance that you are living in His will and purpose for your life. And to make it even better God blesses your path. Your life will be full of blessings!