Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God
my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
How often do we run ahead of God? We plunge forward, choosing the wrong direction in our lives. Our independent nature often leads to destruction and failure; then we may say, "Oops!" God, I forgot you were there.
For many years as a single mother I would run ahead of God. I was a very independent woman, thinking I could do it "my way". I would work long hours to provide my children's needs. Sleep deprivation and exhaustion often earned me the title of "psycho mom".
Stress and anxiety were constant companions. I would run at a non stop pace to try to keep my chaotic world in order. "I" could fix it. "I" could care for my children. "I" could work hard. "I" was trying to be super mom, super nurse and super homemaker.
I finally learned "I" was not super woman. I had to get the "I" out of the way so God could take over. "I" was in His way. I am finally beginning to learn to let go of my independence and become more dependent on God.
Our independence is a roadblock to the path God wants us to follow. It hinders us from receiving God's instruction and guidance. A child learns the way of his parents by walking beside them: watching and listening. A child learns through dependence on their parent's guidance.
Our way is marked out through the word of God. As we walk according to God's word we are walking in His way. His word is our road map.
We must have a willingness to learn His ways and a desire to seek His truth; it is like a sign that points to the path we need to follow.
Our "oops!" moments are often created through our lack of trusting him completely to direct our paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Snapping alligators or a solid bridge: Which way will you choose?