Read: 2 Chronicles 30:1-31:21 Romans 15:1-22 Psalm 25:1-15 Proverbs 20:13-15
The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. (Psalm 25:8)
Relate: Riverside, Floral, Main, and Front make a rectangle(ish) border within which I do all my running. When looking on a map it doesn’t seem so bad, but inside these borders there is a tangled warren of streets designed with no other purpose than to confound the mind. Sometimes I look at a map before going out and pick my route. Other times I’ll just start going and wherever my fancy takes me, there I will be. I figure it’s no big deal, I’m trapped inside a box and sooner or later I will pop out onto one of these roads… sooner or later.
Four hours and twenty-two miles later… where am I? Was that a sign for the Pennsylvania border? How the… But I’m still inside the box! I figure as long as I go straight. Oh, wait… it’s coming to a T. I take a right. Another T. I take a left. HOW ON EARTH AM I ON THAT ROAD AGAIN GOING THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION!?!?! It’s not possible. It’s just not possible.
I should stop and ask for directions. I am a man. I am at most 3 miles from my home. I WILL NOT STOP AND ASK FOR DIRECTIONS! It’s the devil. It’s gotta be the devil. He’s changing the road layout while I’m not looking. I saw something like this in that sci-fi movie, The Cube. Oh good, I’m on Oak Street. Finally, I know my way home. Wait a minute, how on earth did Oak St end up way over here in Johnson City? I’m on the opposite end of the box.
Relate: It isn’t really that bad, but sometimes it feels like it when I get myself turned around. I’m one who can lok at a map and plot out a course in my head and stick to it. But the next day what was in my head doesn’t do me much good. I need another look. That is why I need to get read the Bible daily. It’s my road map for life.
Just like those four streets define my running box, I do have four principles that seem to “box” my life. 1) Love God 2) Love others 3) Stay positive 4) Read everything I can get my hands on. Sooner or later, no matter what I’m doing, I will default back to one of those four things. But sometimes life, even inside those boundaries can become an awfully tangled mess. I need help. I need to stop and talk to a friend. I need God to use someone to show me where I went astray and how to get back on the proper path.
God, I need You. Not just here and there every now and then. Every day I need You. Every hour, every minute, every second. With every breath I need You. I can get lost walking through this life. I need You to keep me moving in the right direction. I can get lost inside my own thoughts. I need You to fix my mind on things above. I am utterly and totally dependent on You.