February #jammed: Dunked in Grace
Day 34: In a jam close to home.
“But a person who denies spiritual realities will not accept the things that come through the Spirit of God; they all sound like foolishness to him. He is incapable of grasping them because they are disseminated, discerned, and valued by the Spirit.” 1Corinthians 2:14 (VOICE)
The plan is brilliant, really. We leave for the drive cross-country after dinner-time, and anticipate our arrival by lunchtime the next day. The kids sleep, the traffic is mute, and I’ve grown fond of witnessing the sunrise over an unfamiliar stretch of highway as I claim my space behind the wheel.
“ But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.” 1Corinthians 2:14 (NLT)
This time, the navigation was silenced an hour away from our driveway. It was discouraging to hear the square screen on the dash confirm the delay we anticipated. My husband re-routed to avoid ice-covered roads and weaved around the flashing salt monsters as we made our way out of our home state.The beginning of the journey was nail-biting, but we only ended up two hours behind schedule on a 19-hour trip.
“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” 1Corinthians 2:14 (NIV)
Often, we we get tripped up so close to the start of things, it seems too discouraging to move forward at all. “Will the whole way be like this?” we ponder. So many dreams fall off that first cliff, never to be seen again. In an instant world, we have forgotten how to wait. The patience to endure a dream deferred is made of hard work and small steps of obedience.
Success starts with a humble beginning and a long road. In the different translations of today’s verse, Paul teaches us that our ability does not determine the path of our dreams, our God does. When we walk with Christ, we see what we need to see to get to the dreams He desires for us …which are greater than anything we can ever imagine.
Father, Your will for our lives is perfect. We know this, because You are love and You love us. You want whats best for us, and for us to enjoy and be happy in this life. Thank You for creating happiness! Forgive us for overlooking it in search of something our hands are capable of crafting. Bless our lives with the loving embrace of Your Son, Jesus, and empower us to follow Him on the path to Your dreams for us …delays and all. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
What’s the worst traffic jam you’ve ever been in? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace!
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