Enjoying the Journey

There are few things more frustrating than the pilot’s announcement that your flight is in a holding pattern! How long? Why? What is the problem? When will this end? In recent days I have counseled with a number of people whose lives and ministries seem to be in such a holding pattern. What is God doing? When will this be done? Why did this happen? The questions come frequently in such times…but the answers do not come as easily. I lived through a season like this in my own life. There was no green light or red light. More of a caution. Wait. Go slow. Watch. Listen. It was in this period of time that the Lord taught me some…

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This past year has been a year of change in my life. Our home has changed. My work has changed. Schedules, routines, and so much that had been familiar was suddenly very different. Through it all, God has both changed me and reminded me that He never changes. Change is inevitable. Life is constantly changing! The Lord built change into our world and we must not despise it. Change is the unchanging principle in this life. Change never touches God. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Heb. 13:8). Only He can say, “I change not” (Mal. 3:6). Changes can be disorienting, even when you know it is in God’s plan. Your spiritual equilibrium can seem…

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About four years ago I began blogging. I have been more regular at times than at others, but it has been a good exercise for me. Many friends have been kind enough to read and respond. I chose “Enjoying the Journey” as a way of expressing that for the follower of Christ it is not just the destination that is wonderful! It is the daily walk with the Lord Jesus as constant companion. (Read one of the first posts on this subject here.) Since that time I have learned much about the way God leads us on the journey of life. In an early 2015 article entitled Along the Journey, I wrote, “On every trip there are decisions to be made…Inevitably we…

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There are few things as refreshing to me as standing on the shore and watching the ocean waves.  I have always loved it.  In Scripture the sea represents change.  It is never the same. Life’s journey is in many respects a voyage.  We have launched out, but we have not yet landed.  The tide is always changing – it is the ebb and flow of life.  Tides come…and they go. This is why preachers are instructed to “be instant in season, out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2).  Every season is not the same!  Circumstances change.  Quickly.  Much of the ministry is helping people through the transitions of life.  To do this, you must learn to handle those transitions yourself. Emotions…

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