Cheerful Giver



January Newsletter


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Rev. Stephen Snodgrass


Where To ?

“Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: on the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that Icannot see him: but he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.” Job 23:8-11

Recently I entered into the electronic age of travel. It all started when I arrived at the Phoenix airport to pick up my rental car. The agent asked if I would care to rent a GPS with the car. He said things like, “You will drive like a local,” and “You’ll never get lost.” Well this appealed to me, because anyone who knows me, also knows that I am “directionally challenged.” In short, I have a hard time finding my way out of a parking lot. I accepted his offer to help me in a strange city and as things turned out, he was right. That gadget knew every twist and turn, and I never got lost. I was so sold on this modern day marvel, that when I got home I went to the store and bought one. So now I’ll never get lost again. I hope!

As this new gadget began to navigate me through the Arizona desert, I began to think about the Christian life and the many times that we compare it to the desert places. No direct path. No clearly marked trails. As Christians we find ourselves in strange places. We fight battles that we have never had to fight before. We have to guard against areas of temptation that we have never had a problem or weakness before. Through this maze we must rely on the voice of God to direct us and guide us. There are a few features on this gadget that reminded me of God’s direction in my life. The “Where to?” button was self explanatory. After I enter the destination, it gives me voice prompts at every change of direction. It tells me when to change lanes, when to turn, when to speed up
and when to slow down. Being a “directionally challenged” individual, you can probably imagine that this opened up a whole new world to me.

Have you heard the voice prompts of the Holy Spirit? Turn here. Go there. And when you make a wrong turn, He instructs you on the way back to peace. Job found himself in a strange place. He seems desperate in this passage. But the comforting part of this text is when he states, “But He knoweth the way that I take.” In other words, I may not know where I am at the present, but He does and that is all that matters

Another beautiful feature is, when I miss my turn, this eighth wonder of the world recalculates my path and gets me back on track. Have you been in that “recalculating” mode in life? Possibly you are a senior saint who has come to a place in life where you feel you are no longer useful and have nothing to give, you have never traveled this path before … He knows the path that you take and will guide you to your destination. Maybe you are a parent that is at a loss for what to do with that teenager, you have never
been there before, but He knows right where you are and will direct you with wisdom and understanding. Have you taken a wrong turn in life and need to get back on track? Listen to the voice of God, He knows where you are and longs to have you back in the fold.

It has become a habit of mine in the past few months with my new traveling companion, to get in the vehicle, punch in my destination and start taking directions. When it tells me to turn left, I turn left. When it tells me to turn right, I turn right. I don’t question it at all. Now that may not be the best habit to form when listening to a computer, but it is a wonderful habit to form when listening to the directions of God

My favorite feature on my new-found friend is the “Go Home” feature. After many days on the road, I love to get in the car and touch that button. I will watch the screen as it calculates my route and finally it will give me directions to make my way home. I believe that we must keep in mind that we are just pilgrims and strangers. One final observation is when I approach my desired location, a voice comes on and says, “Arriving at destination.” One of these days we are going to hear from the lips of the Infinite One, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter into the
joy of thy Lord.” At that very moment we will agree with the songwriter, “...the toils of the road will seem nothing, when I get to the end of the way.”

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