Have you ever found yourself living somewhere where you just don’t feel settled? Or in a fellowship; where it doesn’t matter how much praise you lift heavenwards, how friendly you are, you still feel unwelcome (Oh the Lord welcomes you; but I’m talking about your brothers and sisters in Christ). Maybe you are unhappy in your job, your relationship with others, with life itself. Nothing seems to flow smoothly. The wheels of each day keep moving forward; but you are being injured in the process. By cruel taunts, conditional love, loneliness, sickness, struggling to make ends meet or not having the desires of your heart met.
The journey stretches before you and you try desperately to stay on the right road … there’s just something holding you back.
The motor’s running. You check your rear vision mirror, you check your seatbelt, you check the level of your petrol, you indicate and then with care, you move from where you were.
Something’s just not right though. Stopping more than once because of the rough ride, you admit defeat and knowing it’s not safe to continue, you come to a standstill. Neither here … neither there. Not home … not at your destination.
The clock ticks, the hours pass. No-one has come to your assistance. (Doesn’t it feel like this sometimes when you feel you are unprotected and feeling very vulnerable … in any circumstance?)
Then a fellow traveller appears from over the hill, he smiles and asks if he can help. He looks over the vehicle … everything’s in order … until he notices the tyres. Oh, they’re new. Nice and shiny and new. New and flat. He helps you fill them to their capacity and sends you joyfully on your way … this time there is no swerving and you safely reach your destination. No longer empty; but full of hope.
Whenever you find yourself feeling uncomfortable or unsure that you are in the right place, where God wants you … pray. Pray and ask the Lord to send you out into the day filled. Filled with the Holy Spirit … yes, to capacity. You may come up against persecution, be ridiculed or even shunned; but remember :
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 KJV
and with God, you will never find yourself somewhere without help.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 KJV
Don’t forget that you are a new creation in Christ Jesus … yes and He is perfect; but we still have to check ourselves and motives daily otherwise we will never function to our best potential and bring Him glory.
Please don’t leave your house (start your day) without checking that you are spiritually full. If you do, I can guarantee you are in for a rocky ride.
All words bar Scripture verses copyright 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth