"Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up..." ~James 5:13-15(a) (NKJV)
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Detour on the Road Trip
A journey is a trip. Some trips take a few days, some take longer. Some journeys can last several months or even several years. Many journeys last a lifetime. I don't know how long my journey is going to last. But when I get to where I'm going, I'll let you know. In fact, why not journey with me? We'll all take a road trip together...this is our Journey to Forgiveness!
If you've been with me since "Part 1" you know that we've already covered many, many miles. You also know that it has taken me many long and suffering years to get to where I am now. And it only took God one evening to send me in the direction I needed to go! How exciting that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us so much that He is willing to wait, take His time with us, and never give up on us! I love that "never give up on us" part!
I mentioned before how I've been writing in a journal for the past three or four months about forgiveness. I literally started writing in it on February 29, 2012. When I began writing it was because everywhere I turned, there was a song, or a commercial on TV, or a devotion, or something that mentioned forgiveness. It dawned on me that the Lord might just be tapping me on the shoulder wanting me to pay attention. So I began writing about it. I thought, you know that might come in handy one day. I might just need to write a book about forgiveness. And then Joyce Meyer came out with her book on Forgiveness! Doh!
You see, every time I would see someone come out with a book or story about something I had an idea to write about, I thought I couldn't write about it then. Someone "stole" my idea! No, they didn't really. But the situation I was in at the time, I was being lied to by the enemy, convincing me that God really didn't call me to write. So I would lay aside my ideas. But here's the really nifty part: they never left me. They stayed & floated around in my mind, wanting me to do something with them.
Here I am now. I'm a little late, but that's okay. Timing is everything, and it's God's timing that needs to be kept. Therefore, my journey to forgiveness has truly begun. I kept thinking about it, wondering how I was going to write about it when way down deep in my soul, there was a void. Not that I didn't know Jesus. I did. I do. But it was as if there was literally a big, brick wall built up inside of me that I couldn't get over or around. On May 30th, God broke that wall down so I could continue on my journey.
The enemy will set up road blocks along your journey. He will cause you to take detours that you didn't intend to take. But if you'll read the "Map" and ask for directions, you'll have less road blocks and less detours. My mistake was in not asking for directions. I put my Map down and decided I could drive on my own. Not that everything was my fault. Because many of the things that was preventing my journey were due to my past. There were things in my life that I had no idea were there, but God has been bringing things to mind so that I can purge them from my life. They don't need to be spoken here, but just know this, you have things in your life too. Little things. Things you have pushed to the far, dark corners of your mind. Things you don't want to deal with. Things that didn't seem important. But they ARE important. If they are preventing you from continuing with your journey, they're important enough to be dealt with.
I'm asking you right now to bring them out and let the Lord handle them for you. You may need to call in some Godly people who can pray with you. That's okay. That's what we're supposed to do! Pray for each other!
Are you ready to continue the road trip?