Where are you going? Many have no idea. They are just going with the flow. Even if they know they are headed in the wrong way, they keep going.
I know this to be true because where healthy living is concerned I spent most of my adult life headed in the wrong way.Problem is, I had been headed that way for so long, I didn’t want to try to figure out how to do anything differently.
Of course, there’s is only one way to know the right way and that’s to allow God to lead. This is where most people throw up their hands and say, “But how?”
Glad you asked. I’d say there are three major clues to determining which way to head — ask directions, turn around and step out and follow.
Many who have this vague sense of direction, just head out thinking the plan will come to them along the way. When we have no clue of where we are going or how to get there, we need to ask the One who knows all things. He will help us.
“The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”1
We just need to ask for wisdom2 and God promises to give it. The answer may come in different ways. We have to have our ears tune to things people say, circumstances, insights, scriptures, messages to discern the direction.
With something like health, we pretty much know we are heading in the wrong direction. The problem comes with what direction, plan, program or action we need to take to get us where we know we need to be.
What happens when we have an idea of the direction we need to go, but it is totally different from the one in which we are headed?
I live in the middle of Missouri, right on I-70 halfway between Kansas City and St. Louis. If I say I want to go to St. Louis, but to go out to the interstate and turn west and continue past all the towns I know are leading me in the wrong direction, when I get to Kansas City, there’s only one thing to do to get to St. Louis.
I have to turn around. That’s the meaning of repentance, turning around, changing directions or changing your heart. Like Matthew says, “Repent (think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and changing your conduct).”3
For years I was headed in the direction of an unhealthy lifestyle. I wanted to head towards health and tried many different vehicles to get there. I wanted the bullet train that would get me there fast. What I learned was bullet trains return you to where you once were just as fast as they carry you away.
What I needed was a plan that would change my habits and lifestyle. It was going to be difficult. Who wants to do hard stuff when all your life you’ve done whatever comes easy?
When the light bulb finally came on, I saw turn around was the only way. And so I surrendered the seemingly easy, eat whatever you want and whatever is convenient and easy direction and headed towards health giving up the things I craved and thought I couldn’t live without.
Step Up and Follow
The most difficult part is not turning around, it’s taking that first step in the opposite direction. It is akin to floating downstream in a canoe. The ride is easy with just a few oars in the water to keep you on course.
However, if you realize you are going the wrong way and have to turn around, rowing upstream takes almost supernatural strength, seems impossible and is very treacherous.
It felt that way when I took the first step towards health. I knew it was going to be hard and I needed help. I tapped into the power of God letting Him know I was powerless over sugar and flour and all the comfort foods I grew up with. I told Him I needed His help for this journey and in every moment of my life.
It was like He spoke directly to me when I read, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in your weakness.”4
So I took the first risky step of faith. We are to walk by faith,5 but how do you do that when you can’t see where you are going?6 I didn’t have to worry, though. When I stepped out not knowing, God met me there even before my foot hit the ground.
That’s called grace. It’s more than the good feeling I got when I accepted Christ at age 7. It’s the power that moves everything in my life. It’s the unforced rhythms of grace that come when I stop trying and just rest in God’s power, following only what He shows me to do.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”7
This way of following is only difficult when you start. The following is nothing short of complete freedom.
On the Journey
God many times orchestrates changes in our lives, not to distress us, but to get us going in the right direction.
This is a good thing. When God sets up changes in our lives it means we are going to be headed in the direction God wants us to go. God’s plans are always for our good and not our disaster.8 If disaster happens, it is not God who caused it. He can turn it into something that works for our good.9
God knows our journey. He set it up for us before time began. He sees where we need to be and where we are now. It makes sense that if we need a course correction we need only go to the Master Mapmaker.
The destiny He has for us would probably blow our minds if we knew every detail. He only gives us what we can handle today.
I’m sure when we get to heaven we will see laid out for us what we could have achieved if we had walked with Him every single moment of our lives.
Still, as long as we have breath we have time to embrace the changes He has in store.
It’s time. Let’s get started. There is a Sweet Change in your future.
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1 Romans 8:26-27 NIV
2 James 1:5 NIV
3 Matthew 3:2 AMP
4 2 Corinthians 12:9
5 1 Corinthians 5;7 NKJV
6 Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
7 Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
8 Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
9 Romans 8:28 NLT
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