Walking, driving or moving forward by any means requires constant course corrections; the longer the distance, the more mandatory adjustments. It is no wonder that my life is filled with mid-course trajectory adjustments. Yet strangely, though I want things to move forward, I really don’t like making all the changes necessary. However, navigating unexpected obstacles, overcoming mistakes and plotting new courses is an integral part of spiritual progress. And there is simply no navigational system more reliable than a willing heart combined with biblical directives and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. LORD, only You know how far and long my journey will be. You alone know the beginning and end. Help me this day to make the needed course corrections. Help me not miss a thing.
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.