Wednesday, September 8, 2010

the Principle

Life’s circumstances never go away. There are just some days we deal with them better than others. One day we handle the arguments, the frustrations, and the doubts better…yet the following day is filled with head-scratching and worry over how we will make it through.

(Sometimes the pressure is more than we can bear)

“If there is no way out, one must find a way further in.” (Anonymous)

Ever since hearing this statement, I’ve wondered what would happen in my life if this became a principle for me. More often than not, I am faced with things beyond my control. When you really think about it, the air we breathe is not guaranteed to continue. The heart that beats and gives us life could stop at any moment. We cannot control those things any more than we can control any of life’s storms that blow through.

As human beings, we will all face situations where there is no way out. Times when the answer is a blurry picture that no matter long you stare at it, nothing changes…the auto-focus button is either turned off or broken. This is the reason scripture speaks of patience being a virtue. When God is ready for the answer to be clear . . . it will be. Have we ever stopped to think, ‘God may be teaching me something’? 

(Bikes @ Haven Poker Run - Darlington, MD)
(Chesapeake Harley-Davidson)
I realize that at the age of 12, we learned everything we were supposed to and we now ‘know it all’. We may laugh…but so many live their lives becoming more and more un-teachable. We give up so easily on the process. If the answer doesn’t show itself instantly, we move on to something else…or something easier.

This is why Christ said in Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT), “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.  But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”

When we cannot see what’s around the next corner, it’s the time to find a way further in…not look for something easier.
Pray . . . more. 
Fast . . . more.
Read God’s Word . . . more.
Trust Him . . . more. 

(Sheep in pasture - Jarrettsville, MD)
Each one of these ‘moments’ are teachable ones with strategies laid out that are beyond our ways. This is the process He has chosen for you. Don’t fight it…submit to it. And as any good strategist would do, pull your doubt, worry, and questions in, turn the process over to the Teacher…and you’ll get a new wrinkle added to your brain because you learned something new.

He makes all things that way, you know. 

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