Running Ahead of God


Small creek

Psalm 37:34a Wait for the LORD and keep his way.

Currently Iím on a four day personal prayer fast and vision cast retreat. For the last year, Iíve been so busy at church that I feel as though (and certainly know) that Iíve been running ahead of God and expecting Him to catch up with me. Thatís not how our spiritual relationship is supposed to work. Like everyone else, Iím meant to stand and wait for His call to show me the way ahead.

I remember years ago, when I was about five years old, my family went on a vacation to Prestwick, Scotland. Each day, we used to walk down to the beach on a path alongside a small creek (which is called a Ďburní in Scotland). At the end of the path, there was a fork with two separate destinations. One day, I ran ahead of my family and chose my own path. I fully expected my parents and siblings to follow me. When they went the other way, I felt stupid, fearful, and angry.

My Dad called me back and when I reached him, he told me these words: ďIf you had asked me which way we were going before you ran on ahead, I would have told you.Ē

Thatís why I feel that I need this prayer and fasting mini-retreat. I need to ask God where He wants our church to go, what He wants our Session to do, and how He wants me to lead. I donít find stopping and waiting, praying and fasting easy, but I donít want to go down the wrong path either.

Perhaps spiritually, youíre feeling distant or even isolated from God. Maybe like me, youíve busily ran on ahead thinking that God will soon catch up. But it could be that youíve stumbled down the wrong path and that Heís now calling you back to where He wants you to be.

Sometimes the path less travelled is not what God expects us to choose or follow.

Prayer: Father God, each day we are faced with choices that take us on new journeys and different paths. Sometimes we follow our own lead and end up distant from You. Give us the courage to turnaround, to wait for Your guidance, and to listen to Your directions. Keep us from straying and help us to be led by Jesus, our Shepherd and Savior. In His Name, we pray. Amen.

John Stuart traqair@aol.com
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

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