The human mind is naturally governed by perceptions, needs, feelings, circumstances, desires and fears. It is perfectly normal to be hostile to trusting in the unseen. The concept of a sovereign, caring and attentive Shepherd of our souls is appealing, but my mind, habits and heart must be trained to live under a new order of life, giving first place to the Lordship and Authority of God. Understanding the true situation is a critical first step: He is Lord; I am not. He knows what I do not. So each day must begin with an early morning briefing with the Supreme Commander-in-Chief. Lord of All…You first. I submit this day to Your plans and cast my concerns before You. Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. It is well with my soul.
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.