Poets and philosophers have used the image of the path as a metaphor for life and the choices we make. Jesus used the path as a stony place where even good seed will not grow (Matthew 13) I view my life and the choices made as a journey that weaves on and off the path.
People say – God has a purpose in everything and for everything, so the choices I and others make, whether good or smart or not the best choices will have purpose. I believe this and knowing that God grants us free will, also know that God does not direct our choices for His outcome but knows our choices before we make them; I mean, He knows our inward parts as we are formed in our mother’s womb and knows the number of hairs on our head. (Psalm 139) We are completely known, each decision, each turn on and off the path. So when we turn, He is there and creating new ways to be in relationship with Him and others.
Many times in my life I have felt that nudge toward a turn off the path that have led me here. No flashing signs that say
“Exit Here” but finely tuned changes placed in front of me that seem to say “This is where God wants you to go” then I have a choice. I could stay on my clean and planned path where all is neat and landscaped just as I like it or I can venture into the fields through tall grass in unknown places. Looking behind me I see the path I walked on that gave me rest for a time and the new path that was created by my walking through the field.
So here I am, new (very old) home, leaky barn and single wide trailer to begin a journey I had not planned in my view of how life would be in retirement. Time to worship and serve with a less distracted mind and heart. And though believing I can see this new path, it is uncharted and the realization that there may be changes in routes keeps me humble.
How wonderful that God has blessed me with a human partner who shares my life and travels with me on the journey. I am glad I ventured off the path where nothing would grow, out in the field in good soil prepared for our journey to plant new seeds of healing, hope and love.
This is what God made us to do. Not to sit stagnant in our purpose but to be fluid and use our minds to grow. Just as God’s love NEVER changes, our lives, loves and situations change. In those changes we are met with challenges to grow and not to go with the flow.
I want to learn something or about someone new everyday. Be it a word or a person the newness adds dimension to my life that was not there prior. It can be simple, like today I learned that I can make a sub folder under my original Blog title “Summer”. This keeps me better organized about when and where my thoughts and ideas are flowing to and from.
Yesterday I met many new young (and I mean young) counselors at camp. Wonderful people with such varied interests. Most are college students who have direction and purpose, some are still seeking but here to serve. They are “undeclared” in their studies for now, still searching for their call.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV (King James Version uses the term “sound mind”.
It has been shown through scientific studies that people who use their minds daily have a lower risk of dementia in old age. I consider myself young and learning in the college of life. Moving on to a new chapter, my major is not undeclared but I major in study of life and healing with God as my professor. Too many credits to count and free!
Yesterday was rest. I wasn’t comfortable in it however as my mind was still churning trying to form goals for my retirement and other things. God whispered, rest…. I just needed the rest. I napped and read, walked and read some more. But this morning is different. After an amazing nights sleep I awoke early and ready. I guess there was a reason God set only one day a week for us to rest. So, rested I awoke to a routine (which I need) Coffee, scripture, prayer, yoga and mediation.
In my time meditating, which I find difficult with my busy mind, I was able to become quiet. Just sit with the Lord and wait. I became aware of the passion that my pastor has for vegan-ism and one church member preached on just last Sunday. It came to mind that we all find a passion and that if filled and directed by God keeps the body (individually and corporately) alive! We must listen to one another’s passion and remember that it may not be our own but there is much to learn from each other.
“If we are distressed, it is for your comfort, and salvation; if we are comforted , it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our suffering, so also you share in our comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:6,7 NIV
So my promise to “listen” more in yesterday’s meditation is followed by “reflect” on others passionate actions and words. What does God have to say to me through them. For I believe God uses everything in our experience to build us up, teach us and love us. If we listen.