Thorns among the Barbs

Thoughts on my journey to heaven

Answers for Discouragement

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OK, Raise your hand if you can remember the first time you sat behind the steering wheel of a car, and someone said “OK, put it in drive and ease off the break.”   Everything was so new, getting adjusted to the seat, the mirrors, the steering wheel, the petals.  In the midst of that fresh wave of a sense of burgeoning independence I remember my day saying “Always look forward where you a re driving, dont get distracted and loose sight of the direction you are heading in.”  So that old Plymouth slowly jerked forward under my novice hands.  My father, a calm man, kept the reminder – look forward, keep looking where you are going.  And the car lunged forward in a vacant parking lot, far from the risk of collision with any other vehicle or building. 

Prior to that immersion in this adult pleasure and  responsibility I was the happy spectator, the pleasure rider who gazed out the windows at the sights, oblivious to the responsibility of hurling a vehicle at any speed down a road.  Gazing and sight seeing was ok in its season, and it still has merit, but when you sit behind the steering wheel there is no longer the time for pleasure sightseeing.  Eyes forward, mindful of every inch of the road ahead, looking for curves and turns, watching and anticipating changes in terraine and traffic. 

Living this christian life can often be compared to driving.  After coming to salvation we move down the road with Jesus, keeping our eyes on him.  Like driving, when you don;t watch forward you are vulnerabl to accidents and bad things occurring.  Loosing sight of Jesus can result in discouragement, and worse. 

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.    – Hebrews 12:1-2

There is nothing in this life that Jesus does not understand.  He has endured so much worse than we could ever imagine.  Is the economic news, the job news, the wars and rumors of war overwhelming you?  Look to Jesus.  Are you feeling blue because life is just not what you would like it to be, or you are not where you planned?  Look to Jesus.  Problems with health?  Look to Jesus.  Problems with family, relationships, friends?  Look to Jesus.

I challenge you to turn your gaze to Him, and allow him to drive because he knows your future and has plans for you that you will have a future and a hope.

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Written by Barbara Bloom

January 30, 2009 at 1:30 AM

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