It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. Deuteronomy 13:4
Never having lived in a city with a Metro system, on a recent trip to Paris with my mom, we had to learn quickly how to get around underground. The language barrier made things a little more challenging, but my mom is a master with her map so by the end of the week we were pros at getting around the city on the Metro. Two of the most important things we learned: 1) pause and consult the map and 2) some stops are “transfer stations” where you could get off one line and get on another going in a different direction to get to your ultimate destination. Oh, and never keep your metro tickets in with change, cell phones or keys. It destroys the strip on the back of the ticket and renders it useless!
But this isn’t a travel blog or a metro guide so back to my point! I started thinking about all the stops in my life where I felt like I was sitting at a transfer station. I had a choice to make about which direction I was going to go and I had the option to consult the Master or decide on my own. As I look back, I can clearly see that each decision where I consulted the Bible and the Lord in prayer my final destination was much more appealing than when I took a chance and decided on my own.
Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23
Are you at a crossroads or transfer station? Is there a decision or action you have been struggling to make? If you haven’t already, I encourage you to take it to God and pick up your Bible. If you have been praying and God doesn’t seem to be listening (I have been there), I encourage you to keep praying and seeking God’s wisdom. God doesn’t have to pause and take a breath, but we make much better decisions when we do!
Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind. Isaiah 40:27 (The Message)