Navigator

If you’ve ever been the navigator of a road trip, I am sure you’d agree that it is one of the most stressful and trying of times. You know that a wonderful destination is ahead, but to get there you must carefully read a map, rely on directions by memory, or follow the direction of a GPS. As the navigator, the ease and quality of the trip is often times dependent upon how smoothly the directions, or navigating go. When using a GPS we sometimes ignore the “dings” of which route or turn to take because we know that its’ way may really not be the best or most efficient. Unfortunately, there are always times on trips that we feel that we are lost, or may have taken the wrong turn.  No matter what, or how far we gave gotten off the path,  when the final destination is reached, the stress of getting there fades, and full enjoyment of the new destination occurs.

In our lives we have a Great Navigator, his name is Jesus Christ, and our final destination is with Him in Heaven. Just like trying to follow directions, we often times decide to take our own paths, or ignore which route he wants us to take. People in our lives may tell us there’s a better way to go, or we may have our own idea of the best way. Sometimes we get so lost that it is hard to find our way back.

I can think about times in my life that I have felt lost and far away from God, and have followed only the path that I thought I should take. My heart has been closed before to hearing and fully loving Him. The great thing is that within all of us we have an internal GPS, a God Positioning System, and as long as a seed has been planted in our hearts and deep down somewhere we believe in Him, when we ask for His help He’ll guide us right back to His path.

I pray that when God’s GPS sends us a “ding” or gives us a direction that we listen and take it. I pray that if you feel lost that you know that you are loved, and just by talking to Jesus and asking him and accepting him as your Savior, that you’ll know that he’ll help navigate you to a place more incredible than we can imagine or ever plan for ourselves.

Where is the Great Navigator guiding you?                                                

It’s Always Raining Harder On The Highway

Rain.

It’s always harder on the highway.

Have you ever noticed this? While driving quickly down the highway during a rain storm your car gets pounded by heavy rain drops, your vision is diminished, you flinch every time a truck drives by, your wipers are working full speed, and sometimes it can even be scary! The funny thing is, as soon as you pull off onto an exit it seems as though the rain slows and you can see clearly again, even though the speed and intensity of the rain never changed.

Life is a lot like this scenario. When problems or stress occur in our lives we try and run far and quickly away, and even feel like the problems we face are being pounded on us like continuous rain drops. Yet when we take the time to slow down, think about what’s going on, reflect upon what’s really happening, seek advice, and pray, we can sometimes become more clear.

I have seen and heard of a lot of heartbreak lately. Members of my family, members of my school, members of my community are all facing this. I pray for peace for these people who carry much on their hearts.

Often times we hear the phrase “Everything happens for a reason.” Even though I believe this fully, in the rough and rainy moments, it is tough to understand.

Recently, I heard a song with a line that said “Even heartbreaks go through Him first.” This gives me much peace knowing that God’s plan, even if totally different than the plan I had for myself, is always the reason to “Everything happens for a reason.”

If your life currently feels like a highway during a storm, take the time to pull off on God’s exit, and I bet you will be amazed for what he has in store for you.

Music

 A few weeks ago I attended a friend’s piano recital. As she played beautifully, I began to think about how everyone in the audience was probably hearing and interpreting the music in different ways. I as a ballet dancer, began picturing what a ballet piece would look like to the songs played. I wondered if the musicians in the audience were thinking about the technicality of the piece. Artists in the audience may have been inspired to create something new. Some may have wanted to share what they heard with someone else because they loved it. That’s the great thing about music,we have the chance to share the same song in such a variety of ways.

Here on Earth we have two types of music, the kind that is made by instruments, and a very special kind, God’s. We can share both types dependent upon our different talents or interests. Sharing God’s music can be through our actions, thoughts, talents, ministries, and especially words.

As Christians we need to think about how we are sharing God with others. This is something that I struggle with daily. I ask myself,  “Are the words and actions that I share a reflection of God, his word, and his love? Or am I saying that I am a follower of Jesus, but using my words to judge or hurt others?”

Often we hear that Christians can sometimes be the most hurtful people in the church. Using God’s word or church tradition to hurt others who we view may not be living the Christian lifestyle or who are living or think against our beliefs. We can sometimes even bully the very people we sit next to at church on Sunday.

The hard part about being human is that our lives contain so many things that can distract us from God. Careers, health, politics, school, you name it. It is human nature to have different opinions and choices on all of these aspects of life, but it is also tough to separate our feelings and stress about these while in the midst of sharing God with others.

There’s going to be people out there who think so far from the way that you do, and act in ways you may never believe. We have to accept this fact. This is where sharing God’s “music” is key.

I often think about what a church would look like if Jesus was here physically on Earth. What advice would he give us on sharing God with others? Would he say to disrespect others and hurt those straying away from the church because they don’t think or act in a certain way? I really doubt it.

I think the way we create followers of Jesus is to share God’s holy word with others. I think the way we keep followers is to show love and grace.

When you hear God’s music, how do you share it?