Run in the Right Direction

This past Sunday I preached a message that I had been burdened with over the last two months concerning trials. The message was born in the struggle of pain and confusion over what my eldest daughter has been going through. Rather early on in my Christian walk, I think I had been walking with Jesus for only about 3 or 4 years, Kierstin was born, nearly died, was hospitalized for about a month, we were told she would be delayed in her development but eventually catch up and finally that she had Cerebral Palsy and would not catch up or walk. Looking back now, it does seem like a lot for a 21 year old newlywed to go through!

one wayThe interesting thing to me is that just before we had Kierstin, I had been struggling with reading my Bible and I had been very tempted to just drop everything and walk away. We were struggling financially (like usual) and the thought of getting my tithe back was just so very tempting, the weekly grind of ministry seemed to be wearing me out, and I was just tired. It’s interesting that as my devotion to consistent Bible reading and study waned the temptation to run in the wrong direction increased. The blessing in all of this is that a few months before Kierstin came to us, the Lord led me back to His Word and all of those things that seemed so intolerable became so much water that just rolled off my back. The Bible teaches us that “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God”. Such a simple thing and yet indespensible wisdom. Read the BOOK!

Shortly after Kierstin was born, the Lord directed me to Philippians chapter 4. This has become my life chapter. Recently during this time of struggle the Lord directed me to Psalm chapter 40. Each season of life the Lord has a Word for you, whether the season is struggle with trials or with having faith, the Bible is a supernatural book that inspires at the same time that it convicts. The message on Sunday centered around just a few verses from that Psalm, really focusing in on this one; verse 4 “Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.”

Prior to Kierstin’s birth, I had begun running in the wrong direction, listening to the wrong voices. My faith was small because my time with God was small. As I entered this new season of suffering, I have found that the same formula works today that worked back then, 21 years ago. “Come unto me…” is still the call of the Savior, it’s a call to the difficult, a call to faith, and a call to the unknown and yet it’s a call to a greater life than can ever be lived alone. Run in the right direction, toward God’s Word the Bible, toward God’s people His church, toward God’s way serving others. Run in the right direction, listen to the right words.