I am getting older, but I’m way too young to be having a forgetful moment like this one. I was sitting at a stop sign trying to remember where I was located? What’s my name? Where am I going? Which way was I suppose to turn?
We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Our lives get overwhelmed, stressed, busy, and in a moment we zone out.
I had only driven this route a hand full of times and was confident as I traveled back into the city that I could remember the directions without the help of my GPS. Not recognizing anything around me, I asked Siri to give me directions back to the office. Sure enough, 20 minutes later, after enjoying the new sites I didn’t recall from my drive in, I realized I took the wrong turn, but still ended up at the right location.
This is not too dissimilar to my life. I’ve decided to follow the way I think I should go, only to end up taking the long route to the same destination God had planned for me. If only I had consulted with Him before leaving instead of trying to find my own way, it may not have taken me as long to get there. He certainly knows the way better than Siri.
Does this make the different route wrong?
I’ve often heard people say, God has a plan for your life and you can either be in His perfect plan or His permissive plan. His perfect plan means you have followed every step next to Him along this journey of life. His permissive plan is the opposite of that, much like my journey back to the city. His permissive plan has often been described to me as taking the “wrong” turn, but it’s okay because God will still get you to the end goal, just not the way He wanted you to go.
I don’t know about you, but this theology makes me feel worse, not better. There’s not one person I know that is perfect or that thinks they do everything right. It’s more often the opposite where we focus on the wrong choices in our life more than the right choices. This, my friends, is one of those religious theories. Check out my post, The Day I Walked Away from Religion for more details about these man-made rules.
May I suggest a different way of thinking…a grace way of thinking?
It’s not about the end goal, the journey, or the different turns that is most important. It’s who you are walking with on this journey. When you are walking the journey of life with Jesus, there is no right way or wrong way because He is the way.
“When you are walking the journey of life with Jesus, there is no right way or wrong way because He is the way.”
Remember in the Garden of Gethsemane when the disciples were worn smack out from all the ministry support they had been giving Jesus days prior. Jesus asked them to stay awake and pray with him because his crucifixion was near, but they couldn’t keep their eyes open. I don’t blame them, but I guarantee you they regretted not listening to Jesus a few hours later when He was ceased for crucifixion. Would the story have been different if they had stayed awake? Probably not, because Jesus still had to go to the cross and die for our sins. That was a part of His purpose.
We’ve all made mistakes, different turns, had moments of forgetting and remembering the past regrets. It’s alright to be wrong. It is in our weakness that God’s strength can make us strong. Let go of those regrets, shameful memories, and turn your focus to the ONE who loves you just the way you are – regrets and all.
Consider sharing your regrets with God today. Then say, “God, I give you my past, present, and future. You said that you will direct my steps and I trust you to lead me where I need to go. Come walk with me.”
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