This is a photo I took as I drove across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge yesterday. The Bridge was being worked on at the time, so the left lane had a blinking red “X” and the right lane was showing a Green arrow. I had not noticed this when I first ventured onto the bridge, but saw the bright orange work cones up ahead. Fortunately I was already riding in the right lane. But suppose I hadn’t, I would not have seen the danger ahead. The blinking red “X” escaped my notice. I could have caused a terrible accident. Just last year someone hit the concrete embankment and went right off the bridge to their death.
I believe God has blinking, red “X’s” posted all throughout our lives. He has planned out a path for each one of us with the Bright Green arrows to point the way. If we are not tuned into His voice, His directions, His guidance; disaster may lay ahead for us. Don’t get me wrong, we experience all kinds of crisis that have nothing to do with veering off in the wrong lane. I myself followed what I thought was a clear path from God, and things went so terribly wrong that it shook my faith down to it’s very foundations.
I call these “Peter moments,” and here is why. “The spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But some of you do not believe me.” (for Jesus knew from the beginning which ones didn’t believe, and he knew who would betray him.) Then He said, “That is why I said that people can’t come to Me unless the Father gives them to me.’ At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, ‘Are you going to leave?”
Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the Words that give eternal life. We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:63-69″
Peter’s Words are just soooo true. I have come to know that Jesus is who He says he is. He is God, he has the only words that give eternal life. Even when I am mad at him sometimes because things didn’t go right, I didn’t get my way, or life is just plain hard; even than, I have come to trust Him fully, with my whole heart mind and soul. He promises to work all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. Life has gone seriously wrong for me at times, and I want to cry out, “No fair.” But God has shown me again and again and again, that He truly does work it all for good. My call is to love Him and believe that I am called according to His purposes. His promise is to work it all for good, and only He possibly could.
Are you sitting in a pile of broken pieces, that used to be the life you had? I understand, I’ve been there. There just isn’t enough glue to put Humpty-Dumpty back together again. So take a deep breath and put all those broken pieces into the hand of the One who can bring good out of it. Trust Him, love Him and know that You are called according to His good purpose. His plan is always bigger than us. He has never failed me, even in my darkest hours. Thank You, precious God, for being faithful to Your Word.
Amen and Amen