Good Morning from England! If you've always done your own driving, and tend to lose your way, then get yourself a driver. I did. And it ain't Chris. And here's the benefit: I'll never get lost again, because my driver is the best that there is,
and he always knows the way. Have a beautiful day! PK x
Conversation with the Lord~ 29 March 2014
“I’M AN EXCELLENT DRIVER”
I’ve made a discovery. Starting out a day in freedom is starting out a day right. And it is the truth that sets us free, so I start out my days in the truth. Jesus said to the Father, “Your Word is truth.”
Before my eyes open in the morning, He is there, right in front of me. Today it is no different. There He is, just where He always is, in the driver’s seat.
He gave me a personal word filled with promise and encouragement, which is what He is about.
“I hear you and I free you,” He said. “Stay before me because I have much to reveal to you today. Many secrets, much truth.”
It was “hear and obey” day. This was the theme.
“Hear me and obey me,” He reminds. “This is the theme.”
Without pausing, I asked, “Where would you have me go this day in your Word?”
My Bible was opened to the book of Philippians, a small book of joy, rejoicing and commitment.
He spoke, “Go to the left.”
Smiling, I responded, “I go by faith.”
For the just shall live by faith.
What is He teaching me in things that may seem so trivial to some? Faith doesn’t often look good or feel comfortable. It didn’t to Paul when he was shut up in a prison for speaking God’s Word boldly, and for preaching the Way of Jesus, and it doesn’t always to me. In fact, sometimes it feels downright miserable at first, as it has that out-of-control edginess and my flesh (Self) wants to say, “Here, let ME drive.” But the results of God’s driving are stunning to behold, because He has the advantage: He always knows where to go and He never needs Google maps or Sat Nav to get there. Plus, we’re always on time.
When I was dramatically called to preach back in the Spring of 2012, my spirit shouted, “Yes, yes, yes”, while my head kept saying, “I’m not ready. I’m not ready. I’m not ready.” Persistent, God kept calling. His reminders were often and urgent.
Once I was sitting up in bed with pillows stacked around me, studying the Word. I decided to go to 2 Peter 3 to the qualities of a good wife. I began turning toward it when the pages got out of hand. They seemed to take on a life of their own, as if an unseen hand had taken over. There they flew, in the opposite direction, to the left, instead of to the right. Deliberately and purposefully being turned by someone who knew exactly where He was going and how to get there. In stunned silence, I let go completely, and watched, not having a clue what exactly was happening or why. Next thing I knew my Bible lay motionless again, open to 2 Timothy. Leaning forward, I looked down, astonished at the words before me, or rather what they said,
“Herald and preach the Word!...”
Herald and preach the Word. What? This was no accident. That’s for sure.
I read the next sentence, “Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand, be ready], whether the opportunity seems to be [looks or feels] favorable or unfavorable [whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as a preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong.]...”
Then I kept reading all the way down to verse 6, “...And convince them, rebuking and correcting, and warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustable in patience and teaching.
For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after the other to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold.
And they will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.
As for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully perform all the duties of your ministry.”
A preacher. A reluctant preacher,yes, but still a preacher. God never withdraws a calling. And here was His reminder, loud and clear. You are a preacher and preach you shall.
I am to preach and herald the Word. I knew this, but at the time, I was still rebellious. I was saying, “Here, let me drive.” More or less, I was telling God, “Yes, I know, I know, and I will, but let me do it in my own time and my own way. “
My head was bound and determined that I would drive, but although God was patient in an urgent sort of way, He never once gave up. He was determined, “Paula, you will do this thing. I called you for this before the world was made. I created you for this, and not only will you do it, but you will sit back and rest, while I drive.”
I shook Chris awake, “Chris, Chris, Wait till you hear this! You’ll never guess what just happened." After I explained, he responded sleepily, “You woke me up just to tell me that?" Well yes, I did. Who else did I have to tell in the middle of the night?
God’s ways are unique because that’s His style; original, because He is the originator of all things. Even me. He never forces. Instead, He convinces. He corrects. He warns. He urges. He encourages, unflagging in patience and teaching.
So today, being convinced, I preach, while He holds the map and guides and instructs. We’re homeward bound. God’s at the wheel. I’ll get home and others will follow as long as I “hear and obey”. By faith. Same as this morning’s “hear and obey”. God had instructed, “go to the left.” This time it was my hand turning the pages, but in faith, believing His hand was guiding my way.
When I reached Jeremiah 1, I heard one word, “Stay.” So I shifted into “park”, and read verses 4 and 5.
“Now the Word of the Lord came to me saying, Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Consecrated. I knew that was set apart. It also means chosen. God’s voice repeats His past words, “I chose you for this.”
I scanned the study notes below. Mostly I ignore the notes, but sometimes they shed some light on the word usage, so this time I looked. You could say I was drawn to them.
“God has a plan for our lives,” they began. I continued reading, “...We are not accidents, nor do we exist by chance.”
That part was true.
“He formed us long before we took our first breath. He also knows us by name (Is 44:28); how long we will live(Psalm 139:16); and all we were created to be and do (Eph. 2:16). It does not make any difference what our abilities or weaknesses are--that is never an issue with the Lord (not a problem because He makes them work to our advantage!). The main issue for Him is: OUR LOVING SUBMISSION. He will work in and through us powerfully when we OBEY Him.”
If like me, you are saying, “I’m an excellent driver. I’m an excellent driver.” Pull over and let God do the driving, give Him the wheel, cause you’ll never get where your heart longs to go any other way. Why, you can’t even get out of your driveway on your own, cause you don’t have the map, and you don’t know the way.
So go on, go on, go on, screech to a halt, put that car in park, and say to Jesus, “Here’s the wheel to my life. I turn it over to you. I was headed the wrong way. Now, Jesus? I want to turn and head the right way. You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no man comes to the Father except through you. I turn my car over to you, Jesus. You are an excellent driver, and you don’t just know the way, you ARE the Way. You are the resurrection and the life. You are the road. I hear and obey. By faith.”
Say to Him, the only one who is qualified to take us out of the driveway, “Let’s go home, Jesus. I hear and obey. Let’s go home. I hear and I obey.”
And when we reach heaven you and I will both say,”You know, Lord God, you are, you are an excellent driver. I wish now I’d let you drive all the way.”