Deadends, Snapshots And A Wild Gesticulating God
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
SOMETIMES TRYING TO find your purpose means you take the type of road that is marked “dead end”. I don’t know about you but I usually take this road because I miss the signs. I miss the whisper (or sometimes the shouting) of God. When I miss him jumping up and down like a mad thing saying don’t go that way I usually end up at a deadend.
Other times, I stand where a view of beauty and splendour rushes to the horizon and I marvel at God’s grace. I wonder that even in the midst of my wrong turns he is there (and more often than not that he makes something beautiful out of something that should have been a disaster). In moments like this I’ve learnt to pause, take a snapshot, and head back to the start. I have begun to grasp that the same God who is pointing madly at the dead end sign while I drive past, is the same God who is waiting to share the view or skip stones upon the lake.
I am beginning to realise that God wants to be a part of our lives: the good stuff, the wrong turns and stupid mistakes. In fact, I’m starting to get that there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do that will put God off coming along for the ride (even when I go wrong way on purpose); that he’s all in and nothing will stop him from keeping me company (even if it’s just to point out one last snapshot opportunity before I do yet another U-turn).
When last did you notice God’s presence in your life? What was he trying to say to you?