Can God get lost?

 

I love our GPS, I chose a British accent and she says things like “Boolevard”, or “Object Ahead” (like an objection instead of an actual object)

I’ve grown very dependent On the GPS.  Much like spell checker has reduced my ability to spell on my own, I don’t think I could find my mailbox from the front porch without an electronic gadget telling me how to get there.

But, I’m curious… Did you watch the clip?  Has that ever happened to you?  Obviously, not to that extreme.  I don’t expect you to have actually driven into water at the advice of a computer.  But I would also wager you have been led to the water.  Has your GPS ever misled you?  Mine has.  Quite a bit.

When I listen to the GPS and follow it to a successful destination, I feel good about myself.  I chose to listen.  I saved time, gas, wear and tear.  I’ll sing it’s praises.  But I’ll also take some credit.

When the GPS is wrong, I want to toss it out of the window and never use it again.  If I had followed my instincts, I would have been home by now.  The GPS is always to blame when it’s wrong.  And it can be all sorts of wrong:  it can tell me to turn too late, mispronounce the street name, the volume is too low, “unverified area”, “make a u-turn if possible”…

So what happens when we choose to follow God and we end up getting lost along the way?  This place isn’t what I signed up for.  I didn’t mean to turn down here.  We passed my exit miles ago.  Why did God lead me here?  There is pain here.  There is emotional distress.

One of the bigger problems with this way of thinking is that we don’t fully know where God plans to take us, even if, we properly submit to His will.  When you are living in a relationship with God, there are no wrong turns.  Did you catch that I didn’t go for the obvious cliches?  I could have referenced Jesus taking the wheel or how we take turns driving (so many obvious comparisons while we journey down this road of life)… God doesn’t want a copilot, he doesn’t want passengers, He let His Boy die on the cross for us so we could be His family.  His companions.  Journeying with Him.  Growing together.

So when in a properly nurtured relationship with God, there are no wrong turns, there are no miscalculations.  We find the path off the main road because that is part of our flight plan.  Miracles don’t happen where they aren’t needed.  There has to be a storm before you can calm it.  There has to be a disease before you can cure it.  There has to be pain for healing to take place.  Jesus said it Himself, He didn’t come to heal the healthy people.  He didn’t come to bless the rich.

So often we look around and cry out at our circumstances.  We don’t want to be in the poverty or the sickness, or in the path of the storm… but then we ask why God isn’t using us to do His will.  When you end up in the lake, don’t throw out the GPS, start looking for the type of thing Jesus would have done in this very situation.  When we look around and loved ones are dying, family is chronically sick, friends are in despair, good people are suffering… its easy to shake that fist and claim that God needs to stop and ask for directions.

Or we could follow that awe-inspiring example of Jesus, roll up our sleeves, and make ourselves at home in this little hovel off the beaten path.  We are where we need to be if God is our Father.  If we truly want to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, its time to start looking for His footprints.  We wont find those in many of the places we’ve been looking.  He was with the sick, the misunderstood, the needy, the exhausting.  When that temptation sinks in to cry out, “why!!!” to God… think instead and ask “How”.  How can we be Him in this place in our lives.

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There’s a Stirring Deep Within me: Simple Exegesis.

There’s a stirring deep within me
Could it be my time has come
When I’ll see my gracious Savior
Face to face when all is done
Is that His voice I am hearing
Come away My precious one
Is He calling me
Is He calling me
I will rise up
Rise up then bow down
And lay my crown at His wounded feet.
There are many variations of this song available on Youtube.  Its mostly sung acapella, but some instrumental versions can do it justice in a pinch.  What a powerful song.  Lets briefly run through the lyrics.
  • There is a stirring.  In all of us.  We need to hear that stirring.  No one is exempt from this.  We all have our talents, our gifts, our attributes that God instilled in us for purposes we may not understand.  And when, in our lives, that blessing tries to make itself known, we have to make sure we don’t squash that noise.  Feel the stirring.  Hear the voice.

 

  • Could it be my time has come?  Oh how I struggle with this.  What am I good for?  What are my gifts?  Why am I here?  What can I possibly offer?  What a glorious thought to think of God calling my number.  What awe inspiring joy to know that all along He was right.  He did have a plan for me.  He will use me.  There is a time that I have been prepared for where my life will have merit.  But much beyond that, That I am loved and cherished by Him.  He won’t only call me to my prepared tasks, but one day, later, He will call me home.

 

  • Is that His voice I am hearing?  We equally need to make sure we aren’t listening to whispers of the enemy.  He will have quite  a few things to say about us in both the ‘do’ and ‘don’t’ columns.  Many will try and talk us both in and out of things in our lives.  Join us for this, abandon them for that, move here, don’t touch that.  Its easy to measure the voices against scripture.  Who has to gain from the temptations in your heart?  Who suffers from the whispers in your ears?  Scripture will help you to discern His voice in the stirring.

 

  • Is He calling me?  In short.  He will.  You just have to weigh the truth against the voice.  If it matches, your blessing is here and now.  Obey the voice.  Draw power from the stirring.  It’s not a questions of if, but of when.

 

  • I will rise up.  Picture standing against an insurmountable army.  Or, that epic moment in your favorite movie when the underdog finally stands up to the bully.  Or, when the patient stands up to donate organs to save another’s life.  Or even, A circle of people waiting for volunteers for the impossible mission and you stand first.  You cross that line.  Those tear jerker moments we experience in life.  When we rise up to honor Christ we are taking a literal and figurative stand.  If you listen to this song, you can hear grand yearning in this part of the song.  I’m not just standing.  The chair goes flying backward.  I’m jumping.  I can’t be stopped.  This is MY moment.  It’s God’s but it’s mine too.  This is where I show I’m not just talk.  I’m not just a Sunday ‘christian’.  I want that capital C.  I’m an actual, true, honest follower of God and this is where it shows.  No matter what the enemy throws at me… I WILL STAND UP!  No matter how human or weak I am, God stands with me and with fantastic greatness, I will stand with Him.

 

  • then bow down.  We immediately acknowledge that, while this may be our moment, it all belongs to God.  He gives us the power.  He gave us the Savior.  He gives us His love.  It’s all for Him.  We bow down in reverence, love, shame, honor, fear.  We quickly accept our place in His army and then show our allegiance to Him.  Rise up, then bow down.  Imagine what this would look like in a simultaneous act.  Yet, that is what we are.  Emboldened Christians with great power on a mission of soul leveling significance, yet we accept it fully knowing our place in His kingdom.  We bang the sword on our shield ready to fight whatever monstrosity approaches but we acknowledge we are nothing apart from the Lord.  We bow down.  We worship.  We know our sins.  More importantly we know WHY we sinned.

 

  • Lay my crown.  We understand life on a different level than most.  We know that death is not the end.  And since we all die… we are making plans for a very lengthy future.  “You can’t take it with you” is a common saying for the Christian.  But we know that our earthly trappings are exactly that.  It will all burn up in the end, but for some those trinkets will cause irreparable damage along the way.  We can’t bow before the king and still claim crowns of our own.  Those crowns can be money, objects, people, places.  We have to let go.  We have to grasp onto the one thing that matters in life and drop the small stuff.  (all of it is small stuff).  Its easy to quickly jumble this is in with bowing down.  But lets not allow that to happen.  This is a very specific act of worship that requires great thought and sacrifice.  When we bow, we accept Christ.  That is only part one.  When we lay our crowns at His feet, we are rejecting the worldly self that we died to when we were baptized.  This is two completely different acts and both are very much required.

 

  • His wounded feet.  God let His son become a baby boy on this earth.  He walked among our ancestors and was killed by them.  He was wounded.  He suffered.  He sacrificed.  He yearned for God and felt abandoned and alone on the cross.  He faced time away from God (we would call this Hell) so that we won’t have to.  He did this out of love for us.  Jesus accepted this task, knowing in advance the full meaning and consequences.  Because He is one with God and He loves us too.  Father approved, child accepted, man manipulated, the plan became complete when Jesus blew the tomb door open.  We serve a wounded God.  A God so loving that He accepted our punishment on our behalf.  A very special few actually got to see the scars after His resurrection.  Standing up is the crescendo.  The wounded feet are the punch line.  We must never forget who we serve or why.

 

Such a short song.  Will you sing it?  I mean, will you stand up… and really sing it?  To truly mean the words in this song is a commitment that many aren’t ready for.  But I still pray for you.  That you will accept the calling of this song.  That you will hear the stirring and be able to pinpoint its exact meaning.  I pray that you will soon realize how silly advancement in this world really is and that you will seek true meaning and real value.  I pray that you will accept the you that Christ accepts.  He loves us all… even when we can’t love ourselves.  Try to sing this song.  Try to mean it.  Focus on the words and let them flow from your heart.  Is He calling you?