Wednesday, June 30, 2010

~ "Weeding through the rough spots..."

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)

George Fredric Handel set this verse to music in 1741 and it is part of the "Messiah", his masterfully created collection of music which glorify God! When my oldest daughter was about 3, she would sing this song throughout the house, only the words were "a weed like sheep have gone away". I would laugh to myself thinking how I had misinterpreted songs growing up and when I couldn't understand the lyrics, I would put my own in there and just sing it that way!

The collection of music is very inspiring - the better known selection is, of course, the" Hallelujah Chorus", sung by choirs all over the globe.

We are all His sheep! Right now, this world is dancing to the beat of its own drummer. Many have chosen the easier road, the one "paved with good intentions" and some of us are taking the one less traveled - the one of the Savior! We all get lost from time to time, we are human. But being human is not an excuse to blatantly ignore God's law or his word. If we walk in his ways, even if we try to walk in his ways ~ we'll be on the right path.

Satan's goal is to take as many with him as he can! He tempts us and taunts us every day. He puts unbelievable obstacles in front of us and Christ continues to lift us up over them (if we ask, of course). Some days my prayer over and over is "Lord, get Satan out of my way today!" Focusing on what is right and what is true in the worldly sense is easy - the rules that govern our society are clear. So too are the rules that govern Christians, once you get going! The person I was 3 years ago is not the same person I am today! I am in some ways stronger, yet in other ways I am weaker. The one thing I am not, is further away from God then when I started. I'm right where I am supposed to be ~ still walking and talking and sharing his message. I don't doubt my faith - I doubt myself and sometimes I let Satan tell me I'm not all I'm supposed to be and that what I am doing is pointless! Haha! You lose, Satan - this IS what am I supposed to be doing! Childish? Maybe, but it works for me!

We all go astray at one time or another. Like learning to do anything, we fall short - but in our shortcoming, we find the strength to pick ourselves up and keep going - over and over and over until we get it right. Even the greatest pianist makes a mistake or two from time to time - so do we, but we tend to be a people who learns from our mistakes (or at least, SHOULD learn) and we forge ahead and accomplish what we have set out to do!

Set out to be the Christian who rises above the noise of the enemy! Walk briskly, with your head held high and be amazed at the grace and mercy that will undoubtedly be given to you!

On a more personal note, yesterday while at work - after waiting on a customer, he told me he wanted to give me something - he left me a Christian tract from his church - the title..."God's Plan of Salvation" - there are NO coincidences!

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