Who’s in the driver’s seat? Do you know where your life is taking you? I read a couple of stories today that I wanted to share with you. I can tell you that where my life is right now was not in any of my plans. God knows what is best for all His children, often we are stubborn and think we know best. I read this quote by C.S.Lewis today, “I think all Christians would agree with me if I said that though Christianity seems at first to be all about morality, all about duties and rules and guilt and virtue, yet it leads you on, out of all that, into something beyond. One has a glimpse of a country where they do not talk of those things, except perhaps as a joke. Everyone there is filled full with what we should call goodness as a mirror is filled with light. But they do not call it goodness. They do not call it anything. They are not thinking of it. They are too busy looking at the source from which it comes. But this is near the stage where the road passes over the rim of our world. No one’s eyes can see very far beyond that: lots of people’s eyes can see further than mine.
~Mere Christianity,” Lewis’ ability to share his faith with his readers as well as pull his readers into his stories and visions is simply remarkable. As I read the quote above, I was able to imagine being “in” the story, actively living the moments in my mind. Being a Christian is more than rules and virtues, there’s so much more to the story and God has so much more to share with us, this earth is not our home. Our Heavenly Father, like our parents only wants the very best for us. And sometimes, because our parents love us we are scolded, grounded, and even disciplined. I remember a few incidents from my childhood when I was disciplined by my parents, at the time I was angry at them, I felt like life was not fair…oddly, I look back on those incidents and I am thankful for the lessons my parents taught me, I rarely repeat the same mistakes again and it’s all because they loved me enough to do the right thing. The Bible tells a similar thing in Proverbs 3:11-12, “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” Similar to Hebrews 12:4-12, “In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son. Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
As I mentioned, I am pleasantly surprised at where I am in life. I’m on a road I never imagined and experiencing things I only dreamed of, I have no idea what my future holds but I am open to its possibilities. It’s fun, it’s scary, it’s new, it’s fulfilling and I’m feeling happiness. I have noticed that it is easy to get caught up in the newness and freshness of my life at the moment, I need to remind myself that this is only possible because God loves me and I know there’s learns to be learned. I want to be authentic and share all the goodness God created in me with others, most especially the amazing people currently in my life. Are you in the driver’s seat? Perhaps asking God to drive and lead you and your life would allow you the freedom to learn the lessons He desires to teach you. I have no idea what lies before me, I know I love God and I very much want His acceptance and approval in all I say and do. I am truly blessed to be discovering life with the individuals God has brought into my life. No matter where you are in your life journey, it’s never too late to ask God to sit in the driver’s seat, be open to possibilities.
~Blessings and Peace~
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