An Open-Ended Journey

    When you were a child, you were probably asked questions like: “What will you be when you grow up?” Or “What will you major in when you go to college?” Or “What do you plan to become?” You probably felt uptight because you did not know the future and were not settled in your own mind about what you wanted to do and become. What probably were just conversation starters may have become goads.

    When you were growing up, people may have said that you were “just like your dad” and would take over the family business. Perhaps overbearing parents insisted that you do a certain thing career-wise. As you got older, questions centered around subjects like the kind of person you planned to marry, the size of your family, where you would live, or how much money you would make. You thought that you could finally nail down some things.

    We are all on a journey and somewhere along the way discover that declarations of intention are not failsafe predictions. Many a person finds himself as an adult in an occupation simply because he committed to it as a child. He dare not change or he would be letting down all those people back home. Or perhaps your pendulum swung the opposite direction toward continually having options open without closing the circle of concrete commitment.

    As a Christian, you believe God when He promised to “Make known to you the path of life” (Psalm 16:11) because your “steps hold fast to His paths” (Psalm 17:5). We discover the freedom of no longer being in bondage to a spastic spirituality of being open to every option and blown about by every wind and fad. The joy of the journey with God is that as you “commit your way to the Lord and trust Him that He will act” (Psalm 37:5) and then because you “delight in  His way” (Psalm 37:4) that “your steps are established by the Lord” (Psalm 37:23). You think with “the mind of Christ,” directed by the Holy Spirit, informed by God’s Word, and empowered by His presence.

    Like the Israelites in the wilderness “throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people would set out” (Exodus 40:36). In your life and in our church we continue looking for the manifestation of the presence of God as symbolized in that cloud during the day and the fire at night. The fact of change is unchangeable in life. In our journey, the Lord is going to give us new direction, new priorities, new relationships, and new opportunities. I am excited about past blessings, present promises, and future opportunities. As sovereign Lord, He has every right and our full cooperation to take us into new territory. That’s the Master Plan.


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