Today's Lectionary Text
To the leader: to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
I said, “I will guard my ways
“Lord, let me know my end,
“And now, O Lord, what do I wait for?
“You chastise mortals
“Hear my prayer, O Lord,
Remember when we did not have GPS systems to guide us while driving? I would either set out for my destination, knowing the general direction, or I would look at a map and write down directions on how to go. It was kind of freeing heading out on the road to a different place enjoying the highways and byways. Then GPS came along, and while I love it, it also drives me crazy. I find myself paying more attention to the directions than to the sights along the way.
I absolutely love the fact that God promises to guide us along the way! When I’m listening to Him, abiding in His Word, I do just fine. Let me take a shortcut, or a different path than what is laid out in the journey, and I usually end up lost and searching. I find myself wondering, how far away from God did I move this time? At times I wish He would guide me with “a bit and bridle!” Yet I find even those times off the main path rich and fulfilling. There is always a lesson to learn, even off the main path! It doesn’t take me long to realize I’m off the main path, and I find myself recentering and listening to God as He gently guides my steps back into His guidance and instruction. The joy of it all, God will do the same for you! He understands, yet He is waiting on us to move make onto the right path. His outreached hand is just waiting for us to take in, and allow His strength and grace to re-center us, dust off the dirt, and set us back on our way.
-Rev. Hollie Tapley
Disaster Response Coordinator
Prayer for Reflection
Sustaining Father, when we lose our way, we are comfortable to know that Your eye is on us. Help us to be mindful, so that we make decisions to keep our feet on the main path. Thank You that Your outstretched hand is always waiting to take ours when we steer off our path. Forgive us, renew us and may our steps be pleasing to You. Amen.
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