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“There’s somethin I learned when I was homeless:
Our limitation is God’s opportunity.
When you get all the way to the end of your rope and there ain’t nothin you can do,
that’s when God takes over.”

~ Denver Moore
Same Kind of Different As Me
(co-written with Ron Hall, with Lynn Vincent)

This quote makes me wonder why it takes us getting “to the end of our rope” to let God take over. I wonder if we would allow Him to take over before we are at our wits end if that would make it a lot easier to get a little further up the rope of life.

This week I decorated one of the walls in our home with the verse from 2 Cor. 5:7, “For we walk by faith not by sight.” When I look back on my life and the different paths that I have taken I ponder as to which ones were made more difficult because I waited too long to walk by faith or to include my heavenly Father.

A pastor friend of mine preached a message once from Psalms 23 and focused in on the paths that we take…”He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.” We sometimes conclude that we are given one path to follow during our time here on earth. The Bible clearly states that it’s paths - plural. I do believe that because of choices and sins we make and commit that our paths sometimes have to change. In other words, God may have originally wanted us to take one path when our ways got in the way and caused us to take another path. This doesn’t mean that we have gotten so lost in our daily walk that God can’t use us. What it means is that we need to get back on track. We need to focus on what it is God wants for us now.

So if faith is a “walk” then I must move. I can’t sit back and imagine faith…I must participate in order to be faithful. It is an action. I realize that I must remind myself of this very often. I have to “walk” in faith down the “paths” that Christ has chiseled out for me. If only I would pay closer attention to my GPS (God’s Plans for Saints)!


MiPa said...

Beautiful post. Love the illustration of needing to get back on the path. Thank you for joining us today.

janet said...

Your wall is beautiful!

I wonder too why we wait until we're at the end of our rope before we cling and seek Him. Funny how we do that even when we know better.

Love the GPS! :)

Karen said...

"If faith is a walk then I have to move" what about that statement don't we get! You're so right in your questioning of why do we wait till we get to the end of our rope before we let go and call on God. Boy we are stubborn and stiff-neck people aren't we. Thanks for sharing today I enjoyed it.

Denise Hughes said...

I really like your discussion of "paths" in the plural - especially in relation to the choices we make. I also appreciate your distinction between "walking your faith" vs. "imagining your faith." This is really good food for thought. Thank you so much for participating in IOW today. It's very nice to "meet" you. :)

Tami Boesiger said...

I find this interesting. I've been wondering all night while reading the IOW posts how my giving up sooner would look? I THINK I'm trusting God all along, you know? Why don't I feel I've given all until I'm completely spent?

Thought-provoking, Hannah. Thank you.