Many of the godspeaks.com Billboards don't have the exact phrase in the Bible.
Most of us are looking for a "Street" Sign.
And Today's jargon works wonders for getting to the point.
Maps - on the smart phones - they just tell you where to go.
I am but a pilgrim here on earth: how I need a map—and your commands are my chart and guide.
What would happen if you didn't go there?
O Lord, I know it is not within the power of man to map his life and plan his course—
My answer would be - I've learned over the years - decisions are like flowcharts - one leads to another. A little bit like the old 'Life' board game. We want to stay on the path. "Give us this day." The Path is bumpy, but a meaningful life is sometimes the road not taken. Not all who wander are lost!
Son of dust, make a map and on it trace two routes for the king of Babylon to follow—one to Jerusalem and the other to Rabbah in Transjordan. And put a signpost at the fork in the road from Babylon.
Or let's avoid the Son of Dust Road and take
The scouts will map it into seven sections, and then I will throw the sacred dice to decide which section will be assigned to each tribe.
How interesting that a map is like Julius Caesar - "Let the dice fly!"
And Like this Gentleman -
Abraham leaves Beersheba as he left Haran many years earlier. God calls and he leaves. It is as simple as that. No map. No directions. Just an unwavering trust that God will lead him where he needs to go. Mount Moriah becomes one of the most important places in all of the promised land, the one place in the world set apart for the worship of the one True God. According to 2 Chronicles 3:1, Solomon builds his temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, not far from where God tests Abraham.
We all have an idea where we are going. Romans 1 tells us the Holy Spirit says so. Abraham knew he was being called forth. Paul tells us he will have to wait to see how it goes with him. Creation waits for the revealing of the Sons of God. There are hints.
I'm Pro Life. A loved one had an abortion during college and was a school teacher - she never had children. Her marriage didn't afford her the opportunity.
I'm Pro Life. I know grown people who had a parent who fought for their existence.
I'm Pro Life. My son was born six weeks early and almost died. The joy of Christmas day and finding out he would live.
I'm Pro Life. One of my family friends had a baby in High School. She later married the father and took care of him as he was so much older than she was. Their daughter is her only child. She loves her two grandchildren - the daughter who lived - and married again. A life worth leading. A life worth saving.
I'm Pro Life. I had a stillborn daughter and was advised to have a late term abortion. Urged. I had my daughter even though I was told her amniotic fluid would kill me. I held my smiling three pound Isabelle and say her complete joy at being only awake in the arms of the Eternal Kingdom of Jesus. My daughter lives in Heaven.
I'm Pro Life. I volunteer for PACN. Saving lives and bringing hope to "People" for 27 years.
I wish, I wish, I wish
we had a video of each crying woman
as she finds she has an unplanned pregnancy. Surely a brain tumor has this many tears.
And the video would show the faces of the Mothers we see for the next year. Joyous Women doing Valiant Work. They glow. They beam. They baby talk. They do homework. They speak of accomplishments. And the cradles, cribs, exercise mats the baby loves - because they earned it doing parenting, self-esteem, Bible, budget, pre-natal, development, breast feeding, potty training, relationship, Love Languages, stress management homework they told us they wanted to focus on.
They earn their way forward - for Love.
They glow. They bask. They lug a car seat. They tuck socks, passies, little stuffed animals, crackers, blankets, little shoes, and Big Dreams.
For, dear brothers, you have been given freedom: not freedom to do wrong, but freedom to love and serve each other. Galatians 5:13
And the other road? It's a hard road. The heart hurts. A hurting heart can make loud noises. A hurting heart can tell a Person that they are cold. A hurting heart can tell a Person for a life time they are being punished. PACN offers classes on recovery to the moms and dads who wonder where the other path would have gone. We are volunteers who all have a reason this place touches the soul.
(Lately, twice in two days I've heard of abortionists who tell the expectant mom it sounds as if she is miscarrying and let the matter be taken care of by the RU486 Abortion Pill. No evidence was present of miscarriage. I was speaking with a Judge and he said, "Well that's to ease their path." And I asked him if he wanted his health care to be given with a lie. He replied, "No! Good point.")
Our God does something. He Forgives and Loves. Sometimes, it's easier to pick the higher, harder path. The other path can be filled with many more regrets than He would ever give.
Do we trust God?
His Storehouses of Blessings never run dry. It's my profound joy to tell you Good News. God equips us for our lives. Each day I see Overcomers. I see People Going Forth. Doing His Work. With Joy. God Still finds His Creation - Good.
We speak of awe and wonder of Moses. Joshua was pretty fantastic. Getting in there and working forward in difficult circumstances.
As the men started on their way to map out the land, Joshua instructed them, “Go and make a survey of the land and write a description of it. Then return to me, and I will cast lots for you here at Shiloh in the presence of the Lord.”
Life is a lot about "Expectations!"