Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Don't go there

I remember when I was growing up in Alabama, my dad took me and my brother to a dirt field to ride our BMX style bikes.  It had hills, valleys, rocks, and mud.  Dad pointed to a particular spot down one of the hills and said, Stay away from that area, it looks like quicksand".  My brother listened pretty well and took off the other direction, but all I heard was "quicksand". That has to be awesome! Once my dad wasn't paying attention, I flew down the hill on my bike and rode to the edge of the quicksand. Unfortunately, it was the inside edge of the quicksand. I began to sink past my chest almost to my neck when I reached out and grabbed the edge of the the ground. It was very slippery and the weigh of the mud/sand was pulling me down quickly. I looked up and saw my dad on top of the hill, too far to reach me before I would be covered in slush. I held onto the edge and took a few adrenalin powered pulls and I was able to crawl out onto solid ground.
I took my bike and went back up the hill covered from feet to neck in wet slush.  No words were really spoken (none weren't really needed at this point), he took my bike, put it in the trunk of the car and we headed back home.

In my walk with Christ, I have experienced a great new life in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17).  He has promised that my old sinful life has been forgiven and I now have a new life with purpose and fulfillment .  However, as I experience this new life and a promise of eternal life in Heaven with Him, there are some rules /commandments that I must live by.  If I truly love God, I will keep His commandments (John 14:15). I guess the question is, "Why?".  Why does God have commandments and why do they seem to take all the fun out of life?

Then, it all became clear. Just like my dad taking me to this great big field so I could have the time of my life, he also saw the hazards in the area and wanted me to be safe. So, for my own protection, he gave me a "command", "Stay away from that area".  My dad knew what was best, I just needed to learn to trust and obey him.  God knows what's best, we just need to learn to trust and obey Him.  He isn't giving us a list of rules to bring us down, He's using them to guide us, protect us and help us to live life to it's fullest.

Trust in God and let Him show you a greater purpose in your life.

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