Stay The Course!

Stay The Course!

Unforeseen events can creep into our life that can so knock us off course that we feel our life has been hijacked.  We’re no longer piloting and not even sure where we are headed anymore.  Many different events can cause this disruption and many are due to some sort of loss.  The death of a loved one, the loss of a job or source of income, the end of a relationship, even the death of a hope or a dream.  These losses not only touch our present, they can completely confound our future and that is unsettling.  Our life was so intertwined with that which we lost that we no longer know who we are all by ourselves or what our future holds.  Although I don’t know who said this, I know it to be true:  we may not know what the future holds, but we do know Who holds our future.  None of these losses took God by surprise so His plan for our life has never changed.  If we lived our life as we should have as a Christian, we never should have been piloting in the first place. That is God’s job. If our life goes off course, it’s because we took control of the wheel. At the time we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our course was set and we gave God the reigns. We do that through reading and obeying God’s Word, spending time in prayer and cultivating a relationship with Holy Spirit.  When we do these things, those unforeseen events will not divert our course. Though there may be some delays and we may need additional time to refuel and recover, we can still feel God’s strong arms holding us up and carrying us through. Unfortunately, sometimes there is turbulence along our journey.  But whether it is momentary or prolonged, Jesus said he would not leave us comfortless. Allow Him to absorb the impact.  And, if you feel you’ve been run off course in your life, do as the song says and ask Jesus to take the wheel. 

John 14:16-17 (NLT)
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.

Psalm 119:105 (NLT)
105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

Psalm 32:8 (NLT)
8 The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

  Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)
9 We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.