Sometimes our paths are ‘crooked’.. And I believe that this is OK and at times, necessary- it is God’s way to gently remind us that He is bigger than all our circumstances, He allows the good and bad things to happen in our lives but no matter what, it is so that His Name will be glorified. That out of the things we encounter and experience, we will grow stronger in our faith and personal walk with Him.
He is Soverign, Good, Wise, Still in Control and He will bring IT to Pass.
I choose to Focus on the following, questions when faced with challenging problems in my life:
1) WHAT HAS GOD DONE IN THE PAST
2) WHAT GOD CAN DO
3) WHO GOD IS
A CHANGE IN PERSPECTIVE
These 3 questions really help me to shift the focus away from troubles to my God- How He is able to bring me through it! To Focus on How Big and Great my God is!!
As a Christ-follower, I do meditate. Not in the way that some of the religions of this world advocate meditation though. It is not about emptying the mind, rather, filling the mind with truth, mulling over it and thinking about this truth throughout the day.
Lets do a practical exercise on meditating the “Christ-follower” way:
There’s a Proverbs in the Bible which goes like this:
“Trust in The Lord
With all your heart
And lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways
And He shall make your paths straight”
1) I would write down on my journal (or blog)… What does the word “Trust” mean??
When I think of trust.. The first image / person that came to mind is my dad. This makes it easier to understand what trust ‘looks like’. I have full confidence in my earthly father so
To Trust is to have FULL CONFIDENCE in that person, that that person will do me no harm but only what is GOOD.
I will then think about this- the Bible says to Trust IN The Lord, with ALL my heart. This means I am to have full confidence not just in my dad, or my husband – rather, to have full confidence in my God wholly. Even though I cannot see him with my physical eyes, I will put my HOPE and CONFIDENCE IN My Great God.
2) “And lean not on your own understanding?”
What does this look like? Having full confidence in my God at times is ‘nerve wrecking’ and also a challenge, because He does speak- but when He speaks at times it really seems not logical, or not the idea we thought of initially –
Well, His ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts are not our thoughts… He can open a door, He can also close a door- no matter what, to RELY ON HIS WISDOM!
3) “In all your ways to acknowledge Him”..
What does this mean? What does this look like?
To acknowledge Him is the same as how we acknowledge others who have done great things.. how we thank others who have influenced us and helped us become who we are today.
Think about someone receiving an award (the Oscars, achievement at work) that person may give a speech and acknowledge the individuals who have helped and supported them.
The same with God- only He doesn’t just want us to acknowledge Him at the end, but even while we are going through difficult things, we must shift our focus on to Him and remember Him as a way to Acknowledge Him.
It is an Act of Faith.
Since, we are trusting, following, listening and acknowledging Him while the path is ‘crooked’… BUT He promises us that when we do this,
“AND He shall make your paths STRAIGHT”
Now I love my tea. So if someone makes tea and just dip in the teabag quickly then takes it out, I’ll be “whoa none of that please!” I like my tea strong and dark! Otherwise it is just like hot water with a bit of colour in it!
The same goes with meditating in the Word. You can’t just dip in here and there quickly.. We need to let ourselves SOAK in every word, really study the meaning, context of the verse we are reading and LET His Word TRANSFORM us!