Lent 2013 – day 31

15 Mar

Psalm 139:7-10
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

I am reminded of the story of Jonah, a prime example if ever there was one of someone trying to escape God. But it is amazing how, even if we know either the story of Jonah or these 4 verses, we still can feel like we have to run from God.

When I was a teenager I had several people speak to me of words and pictures from God that they felt He was saying that I would become a leader. At the time I didn’t want to know. I was happy just being a follower, helping out but nothing more. I reacted against it to the point where I aimed not to be captain in the playground football matches, because that would be a leadership role, yet even at school I ended up being put in leading roles that I was unable to opt out of. Eventually I gave in and accepted what God clearly wanted me to do.

So often our spiritual lives are a battle between our desires for our lives and God’s plans for our lives. But if we truly seek to be doing God’s will we must throw off our own thoughts of what we should be doing with our lives and hand it all over to Him. God’s way for our life is not easy, nor will it be pain free, but the rewards are, literally, out if this world!


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