Are you in a quandary? Does the right direction seem overwhelmingly illusive? Are you so confused about moving ahead that you are parked at the “wait here sign” for the second week in a row? I’m not saying waiting is bad, but waiting too long in one spot because you are afraid to move forward is not what God wants for you.
God can not direct a parked car.
That is the comment a fellow mother used to explain her approach to helping her struggling child. As I pondered her statement, I realized how apropos it is for our life’s journey with Jesus. He wants us to hear His voice and follow with full confidence in His ability to lead us to the destination He desires. (John 10:27)
Just like driving a car, we need to be moving in order to follow a specific route. When God’s child sits frozen to a halt by indecision or lack of “clear” direction, He can not turn us in the various right directions. We can read His word, get insight, then pray about our understanding of it, but until we set ourselves in motion (take the car out of “park” and push on the gas) we go nowhere. We stay stuck in our same old situation day after day.
This is usually not a time of restful waiting but a time of great stress and mental torment. “Which way, Lord?” Have you uttered those words lately? It may seem “safe” to sit parked along the curb, but it does no one else any good. It means you aren’t playing your part and God is waiting for you to move so He can direct your way. (Proverbs 4:12) He wants to guide you; He really does. Trusting Him is a key factor in receiving the guidance you desire to arrive at your appointed destination at the perfect time.
Now is the time to trust God and put yourself in gear. Get moving. Trust. Pray fervently. God doesn’t direct a parked car. Pray first then begin to drive, move forward, as seems right so God can direct or redirect you. Start out slow and yield to His promptings. Don’t speed ahead–obey God’s speed limit. It will increase when God wants you to go faster and decrease when it is time to slow down. Keep listening to His directives and gentle nudges. (Isaiah 30:21) Refrain from the mind set, “I have it now, Lord. I can make it the rest of the way.” He sees the potholes, blocked roads ahead, and detour signs that aren’t obvious from your vantage point.
You do not need to be stuck in park. Trust God’s good plan for you. Trust His love that desires to direct you. Trust in His ability to guide you effectively. Then obey. He will get you to His destination for you. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Have you been parked too long in the “safety zone”? What issues do you need to settle to get moving?