A few weekends ago, our children were invited to a friend’s birthday party at the bowling alley.  The kids had so much fun and the parents got a kick out of watching the kids try to navigate the ball down the alley.  The bowling alley attendee assigned to our group was very attentive.  She put the bumpers in the gutter so the ball had no choice but to stay on the alley way and hit a pin or two.  They even used some sort of contraption that allows you to sit the bowling ball on top and roll it down if the ball is too heavy.  The kids were guaranteed a smile and the opportunity to knock down a few pins every time.

Our lives are just like that alley way.  We try to stay on God’s path – right down the center, but many times along the way we make a mistake or falter and end up in the gutter.   I am thankful that if we end up in the gutter with God we don’t have to stay there to the end.  When we repent, He will throw us right back out there on the right path again.  God forgives and forgives and He call us to do the same.  But how do we learn to stay out of the gutter?  The more we fill up our gutters with God’s word, prayer, and church, the less room there will be for us to miss step and fall into it.  
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” Ephesians 1:5-8

And just like that special contraption that helps roll the ball down the alley.  God is also there for us when things get to heavy and we feel like we don’t have the energy for one more day.  He lift us up, point us in the right direction and helps us get started, but we have to turn to Him.  We have to allow Him in; not turn Him away.  We have to be obedient to His direction.  It takes work, time and commitment, but the reward is great.  In this life and the next.
“Blessed be the Lord— day after day he carries us along. He’s our Savior, our God, oh yes! He’s God-for-us, he’s God-who-saves-us. Lord God knows all death’s ins and outs.” Psalm 68:19 – The Message

Our God is for us – not against us!  He is standing at the door of your heart waiting for you to allow Him in.  Will you answer?

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20


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