Today’s blog comes from a place of vulnerability and transparency. What do you do when you have fallen from the place of momentum and you feel like you cannot get up? I had to ask myself that question this morning because I lost my way on this Beautiful L.Y.F.E. path that God showed me. I became frustrated with some things in my life and I wanted to just do my own thing because if you have ever been frustrated because of other people’s decisions that affect your life, then it makes you want to throw in the towel. What do you do when everything around you begins to stop going the way it was going? What do you do when you count on people to do what they say they are going to do and they don’t do it? How do you stay focused when the things that they dropped now are back on your plate to do and your plate is overflowing already?
This morning Jesus spoke to me and said “I am still your Shepherd and I lead you in the way that you should go”. As simple as that is, it was so powerful to me. What He was telling me is that He hasn’t changed. People and situations may have changed, but yet He is still my Shepherd and has never let go of my hand. I didn’t know he had my hand because I was so focused on what wasn’t happening around me. He waited for me until I was able to get my mind back in focus to head down the path that He created for me. The experiences of fear, doubt and frustration stagnated me for a moment, yet he stayed by my side until I was ready to move again. He knew I was afraid of being a failure at writing these blogs, leading teams at my church, maintaining my education and getting my business off the ground…not to mention a full time job. It all became so much for me, but yet his loving voice reassured me from time to time that everything will be okay. His patience has been ministry to my soul. Even though I became stagnated on the path He designed for me, he never yelled, screamed or became angry with me because after all I am a sheep. Sheep can easily frustrate anyone that is trying to get them to follow them because we are prone to wander off and lose focus. I’m designed to follow, but when I lose my way and follow the thoughts of my doubts and unbelief’s, He’s right there gently prodding me back on track.
To live on the path of the Beautiful L.Y.F.E. is not a perfect one. You will find yourself, like me, waning outside the path in frustration and doubt yet not losing ground. Jesus never leaves us nor forsakes us. He’s there perfecting those things that concern us (Psalm 138:8). When we finally turn our eyes back to the Author and the Finisher of our faith, then He continues to lead us down the paths of righteousness for HIS name sake.
Today, if you find yourself sitting by the wayside and you have lost your focus…ask Jesus your Shepherd to help you see that He’s there. Ask Him to refocus your mind and take you back to the place in your heart where you were dependent on His voice every step of the way. He will do that just for you…His beloved. He will cause your heart to burn more for Him than those things that distracted you in the first place. He will love you back on the path of your Beautiful L.Y.F.E…Onward, Forward, MARCH!!
Until next time…