This weekend I traveled to Houston on a small road trip with a couple of friends. On the way home we were trying to find a restaurant so we used our handy dandy iPhone. Once we located the restaurant, we started our route. After twenty miles of diligently following our directions, we ended up in empty lot with no restaurant in sight.
What happened? We followed the directions. We took the right exits. Yet some how we missed it.
I don’t know about you but sometimes I feel like I’ve missed it with God- like I’ve misjudged– what He was telling me to do. I thought I was doing the right thing so I obeyed…but then it’s not the way I thought it would be.
Did I miss it?
Did I miss. . . Him?
I have been talking to the Lord about that this week and I really feel like He is giving me some clarity. God has specially destined and designed us for His purposes and cause, when we are genuinely seeking His will there is no way we can miss Him. When we travel to different places in our walk we have a route and a destination. Often times there is something specific that we have to learn along this journey, gifts along they way. I have found that some of the obstacles or challenges along the route are in fact gifts in disguise, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from and above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:7
That last part really speaks to me, “there is no variation or shadow of turning”. His character is the same. He does not change. He doesn’t lead me somewhere just to leave me stranded. He has good gifts for me because I am his child. Everything that I need He has already provided to me. He doesn’t expect me to be perfect. He only desires, well, me– fully and completely even during those times when my actions are misguided. If I am being faithful and listening to His voice, I haven’t missed it.
He doesn’t change. When I obey Him I can trust that I am in His hand. I didn’t miss Him.
I want to remind you today that the Creator, The Great I AM, has placed good gifts in your life. He has put dreams in your heart and a passion in you to carry them out. Stand up against any voices you may hear that seek to lead you away from His best and align yourself to the divine calling God has put on your life. He will not ask you to do something that He cannot carry you through.
Be encouraged. We haven’t missed Him.
He has been there all along.