I have often begun work on a project around the house without understanding what was needed to finish. Multiple trips to the hardware store is often the result. However, when I know all that I will need before beginning the work is much easier and the job is done right. Doing homework before beginning makes all the difference. Spiritual work is no different. I can stumble my way through for lack of preparation, or I can turn first to the Master Craftsman. Father, You always have the right tools, materials and sequence. Teach me Your ways and lead me by Your wisdom.
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.