Moving after living in the same house for 15 years is very confronting. While we have found no skeletons in the closets, we have found everything from lost treasures to absolute junk. How does a life collect so many unneeded accessories? Then it hits me how so many lost treasures and piles of junk must remain in the recesses of my soul. Times such as Lent are great opportunities for self-inventory. The biblically based disciplines of the faith lead us to discovery and freedom. Gracious God, thank You for leading me through a process of revelation and cleansing.
John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come” is an allegory written while he was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. Until we reach the Golden Gates of Heaven we must progress in our walk of faith here on earth. Each time I think I understand God’s ways and means He turns the diamond and new facets of His splendor emerge. For the true believer there is no spiking the ball in the end zone on this side of Glory; there is no settling down where we are in this life. Not only am I tolerant of this constantly changing status, I am genuinely thankful for it. I am being pulled toward eternal purpose that I cannot fathom but I instinctively know awaits me. So I’ll keep my shoes on until it’s over. Lord, though I struggle in Your arms, You never let me go. Keep me moving toward Your perfect will. Help me never miss a turn or stop unnecessarily. Keep me progressing toward Your perfect will.