We all have taken road trips with sometimes anticipating our destination. We have decided on the best route and prepared to take on the new journey. We have made sure to fuel the car, check maintenance, make sure the family’s needs are met, and that all is well with us. Everything is packed. The children have been given instructions of good behavior. Gas money and rest stops have been approximated and off we have gone to embark on a road trip.
With the destination in view and the determination that nothing will add more than a second to the allotted time, but after only a few short minutes it happens. You feel the “warmth” of it. You feel the tugging. You feel the plea, but it becomes a battle. You want to give in because it’s so satisfying and you want to be happy and of course you want it to be pleasing. It starts with your ears, and then it becomes visible. You knew it was there, but it wasn’t until the voices brought it to life.
You are finding it harder and harder to say no. You start telling yourself, “I can’t do it now because I have to get there. We have to get there. This is not a good time. This can wait. I have vowed to steer the course.” It’s becoming harder and harder to say no to the things that you love so much. They are making it so hard.
Now you must chose between being a pleaser or steering the course. You’re constantly thinking that you’re the driver, so the decision is mine, but why is this so hard?
Can anyone relate to this? You are on your way with much anticipation and vigor. God has given you an assignment, and you are eager, but what you didn’t factor in is the day to day voices.You know the little Johnnies and Susies, and oh yes let’s not forget about momma or daddy bear because you love to please, and that you aim to please. Did you forget to factor in the voices? The voices that doesn’t understand why you are so focus on doing it this way. You know the voices that says:
We did it like this the last time. We always did it like this. Why do things have to change? I don’t like doing it this way. We are all excited to get there, and we want to get there too, but why can’t we do it this way? Why can’t we detour and make a stop here and a stop there. That will make it fun? It’s all leading us there. We will get there eventually. So, what if it takes us longer; at least we will all be happy.
Though the human heart is divided into four parts, God is looking for whole hearts that with each beat will flow after His will. He doesn’t want to share our hearts with anyone. Proverbs 4:23 warns us to, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Another version declares, “Above all that thou guardest keep thy heart; For out of it are the issues of life.”
Things in life can come and warring for our hearts not intentionally, but we have to be intentional not to allow lines to be crossed but love all things according to the order of God.
Regardless of where He leads us Proverbs 4:25 extort us to, “Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.” We can’t lose with Him. Stay focus on Him. For there is a divine order of God, and above all He must lead. If He leads all things will be in order. We don’t have to fear being a disappointment for He promise those who lose their lives for His sake shall find life. Be encouraged by Philippians 3:7-8, ” …but what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.”
He has promised us favor with Him and man, if we are obedient to His teachings. We will have long life and peace if we whole fast to His voice.
On this journey we may lose friends, family, and even possessions, but nothing can compare to what lies ahead with a life in Christ Jesus. Serve Him with your whole heart! He doesn’t want a divided heart. He wants it all!