Sunday, June 20, 2010

Which way are you running?

Jonah 1:3

But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the LORD.

How often is this true of you?

Well, I know that I tried to do this for about a year. I wasn't quite as obvious as Jonah with going down to a port town and buying a ticket headed in the opposite direction. I just wasn't sure that I was hearing God right. I felt like Jonah though, I didn't want to do what I thought He was asking, so perhaps that was my way of escape. My hearing wasn't quite like it should be!

Isn't it amazing how things happen when you try to go opposite of what you think the message might be that you are getting from the LORD? I know that during my year God never let up, with telling me it was time to step out in faith. To step away from what I loved and let Him guide me. I was deaf and blind to His desires for my journey at that point. At the same time, I wasn't feeling the peace. It was harder for me to perform the simplest task, without complaints, or whining (either my own or others). I began to realize that like Jonah I was running the opposite of God's desire for my life, so it wasn't going to get any easier. Thankfully, my friends and family didn't throw me overboard to get rid of me, but the same was true. I seem to be in a furious storm at least inside my body. Things were different and they weren't right.

So, like Jonah I obeyed.

At times, I've even found myself sitting under the withering plant pouting and God reminds me that it doesn't really matter about my plans it is His plans that matter. I don't like it when I find myself under the plant, but I have to admit that I do end up under the plant pouting asking why Lord…and He reminds me that He called me to minister to all women not just a few at my Home church. God's ways are not our ways and often times God calls us to ministry areas that we don't understand, but it is our duty to be obedient.

So, I've quit running the opposite direction and found the peace of God once again. The peace that passes all understanding, when we are in obedience to God's plan for our life! I know that once again He is right and the blessings are beyond words. The experiences of witnessing to women that my path would have never crossed, if I had not stopped running the wrong way!

Sweet blessings,



Frankie said...

Debbie, what I thought when I read that verse, was where can we hide from God. No where! That doesn't stop us from trying, does it?

Deborah said...

So glad that you stopped running. This is a great post. I'll be back often to visit. So glad that I found your blog today.

Babetta said...

Thank you for this little piece of inspiration this morning.