Monday, July 30, 2012

The Paths We Choose...

 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
What gain has the worker from his toil?  I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with.He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 ESV

So I decide to walk on this little walking track at a park near by. Its only about a mile or so. There were the usual folks there; the devout runners covered in sweat and spandex, the power walkers with their steely faces trying so hard to beat yesterdays time, and the mom's pushing over sized strollers and chatting about baby food. I turned up my ipod and set off to do my laps. I got about half way around the track when I saw this clearing in the woods behind a picnic table. Behind the expanse of trees surrounding the track was this amazing little creek. It was so beautiful in the dim, gray light of the morning. I took this shot just as the sun began to peek between the trees. I explored the creek for awhile and had a beautiful chat with Jesus. When I emerged several minutes later back on the track, it struck me a little odd no one even gave this woman emerging from the trees a second glance. Faces forward, calories to burn, personal achievements to make. Not a single glance. It made me think about our lives and how we are so set on staying "on track". We have many plans....agendas....quotas....promotions. We can be so fixated on our idea of what the future should hold for us and what we think we deserve. But what about the road less traveled?  Is there no sense of adventure left in us? No room in our hearts for uncharted territory? We want so much to figure it all out that most of the time, we steal an opportunity for the Lord to lead us. He's throwing us a surprise party and we've just blown it. He has so many mysteries He wants to reveal to us. He has so many plans for us. Why do we spend so much effort trying to beat Him to the punch or rush Him? We need to let Him take His time. Everything has its time. Everything has its place. He already told you He has a hope and a future for you. Wait. Watch. When He chooses...the sight will be glorious to your eyes and peace to your soul. You don't know the end of your story and there is so much left to tell. Its okay you don't know. He does.

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