“The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.” (Isaiah 58: 11)
Our spiritual daily walk can be very challenging. From the highs we experience in life, when it seems everything is going great, and we fly without effort, we often then have times when we stumble and fall down. Either because of circumstances thrust upon us, or because in a moment of not thinking too clearly we have made a bad decision, sometimes our life can be overwhelmingly difficult. I have discovered, as I suppose you have as well, that when things are going great it is easy to see the presence of God working in our lives. In those times it is easy to pray and give God thanksgiving for all that we are experiencing. But, when the difficult times come upon us God can seem very far away. Sometimes we can even question if God still loves us, or cares about us, or will ever lift us up again. We fall down sometimes. What we do when we fall down is so very important.
I love to watch a baby learn to walk. It is so exciting to see the accomplishment on their little faces. They stand up and the look of happiness on their little faces is beautiful. They take a wobbly step forward, smiling, then, they usually fall down. Boom. From what started out as such a victory suddenly fell apart and they are back to where they started. But what do they do? They get up again. They try again. They don’t stop and decide their effort is in vain, they don’t decide that walking is for “other people” and not them. That others are blessed in life with this gift and not them. I have never seen a baby who decided getting back up and trying to take another step was too difficult and not worth the effort. They get up again and take another step. The journey is too important and the reward is too great not to proceed. Maybe they will fall again, but that doesn’t matter. With each step, with each effort, it gets better. With each effort they show themselves that they can do it. Usually there is a loving adult steps away encouraging the baby on. Holding out their arms saying, “come on, you can do it. Take another step. Come here.” And guess what. The baby does. The baby keeps its eyes on the eyes of the adult and soon the baby walks into the loving arms of the waiting adult.
That little baby is each and every one of us today – and that waiting adult is God. God is present with us, encouraging us on in life. Take another step – you can do it. You can learn how to walk. You can move from where you are to where you would like to be if you keep your eyes on the unconditional love of Spirit/God that wants you to succeed, thrive and soar to new heights. Your success is God’s success and your success, navigating through the challenges of life, proclaims to the world that those who believe in God’s possibility are never defeated.
Keep your eyes on the gaze of Spirit today. The borders that would try to keep you down will become your wings of victory.
Affirmation: “Keeping my eyes on the gaze of God my journey of life is rich, abundant and filled with new and exciting possibility.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.
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