I am definitely a road less traveled kind of gal. Give me a dirt road over a freeway any day and I’d be happy. I much prefer peace and quiet and nature over large crowds and busy places. I know some folks prefer city life with the constant buzz of things going on and something to do at all hours of the night or day. That does not sound at all inviting to me. Give me a cozy chair, a book and a beautiful view and I’m happy. Oh, and a cup of coffee would be nice too.
We are all on a journey. The thing we need to remember, is that your road is not my road, and my road, is not your road. Just because I’m walking in a different direction doesn’t mean its wrong. None of us can see into the future to know where the twists and turns will lead us, but we can trust as we walk by faith, that we are on the right road for us.
One thing I have found to be true, though that doesn’t mean it isn’t a struggle sometimes, is we will never be truly happy as long as we are trying to walk on a path that is not ours to walk. We all have those times when our journey is not going the way we think it should go or it’s not the way we thought it would be. Those are the times it can be so easy to look at others lives and compare them to our own.
Teddy Roosevelt had some wise words when he said “comparison is the thief of joy”. When we spend our time looking at what we perceive to be better in others lives, we miss out on the joy in our own lives. We only see the public part of others lives. We may look at those with big ministries or maybe famous musicians and we might think that everything in their lives must be perfect. But everyone has struggles in their life. They might be dealing with problems that you or I would never feel equipped to handle.
In our journeys we also have seasons. Some are exciting, some are challenging. Sometimes we might be in a quiet season where maybe we are raising our kids, or taking care of an elderly family member. During those times it can be easy to think that the Lord has forgotten us. That He is not going to use us, and life will go on like that forever. Well, that’s a lie! Jeremiah 29:11 tells us “ For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.”
Often it’s in those quiet yet sometimes frustrating times we don’t see that the Lord is molding us, and preparing us for the next season of our life. Or for our new assignment with Him. When we learn to enjoy every stage of our journey we see that there are lessons to be learned during each of these times. Trust me, usually its better if we learn them the first time so we don’t have to go back and do it again and again!
When we place our lives in the Lord’s hands and trust Him and give Him permission to change us and to use us, He will. But it will be in His time and in His way, when He knows we are ready. He may take our lives in a direction we had never even dreamed of. But if we are being obedient and walking in the will of the Lord we can trust it will be better than we could ever imagine.
Just remember. Follow the Lord, not the crowd. He’s the one who knows the direction we should be headed.