Have you ever been in a car where suddenly you are swerving out of control? Maybe you drove onto an unavoidable oil patch or a sheet of ice. Maybe your car started hydroplaning during a heavy downpour. Maybe you were hit by someone else who was driving out of control. Maybe you swerved out of control because you just weren’t looking where you were going; your attention was elsewhere.
Our faith walk can be a lot like driving a car. It requires our constant, intentional attention because there will always be some kind of unexpected or unwanted circumstance that suddenly shows up on our path. Circumstances, events, people and consequences that we didn’t want. Maybe our faith walk gets pushed off its path by an illness or accident that takes a cruel toll on us or someone we love. Maybe a precious family member or a close friend died – and it’s hard to see the way through our tears. Maybe our faith walk gets turned upside down by someone who hurts us or angers us, disappoints us or shocks us, betrays us or lies to us. Their attitudes, words and behaviors are out of control – from uncaring to cruel, from dismissive to dangerous. They have no love for us. No respect for us. No time for us.
Maybe our faith walk took an out of control swerve, or a way-out-of-God’s-way detour, because we allowed ourselves to become too distracted, or too complacent, about purposefully and passionately following Jesus as our Lord. We got too busy, too big. We allowed other things, other people, other desires, other activities and other priorities to mark out the paths of our lives.
Maybe we’re not even sure how to return to living out our faith – how to return to living out our love for Jesus.
We each need to remember that it is our Holy God who came to us first to give us the fullness of His love through our Lord Jesus Christ. And our God has never left us. He never will. Seek God’s heart. Seek God’s path. Our God is faithful and will show us where and how to go.
“I am the way and the truth and the life.” – John 14:6
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” – Isaiah 30:21
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. – Hebrews 10:23
You may have taken a detour or swerved out of control. But! You have never gone so far that our loving God cannot reach you. Let God speak to your soul – with His love for you, with His truth that sets you free, with His life given for you, with His eternal, holy and hope-filled way.
May we each choose, moment by moment, to hold unswervingly to the hope we profess and to trust in our God who is always faithful to His promises! May we each hold onto our God who holds onto us unswervingly and constantly in His loving and everlasting arms!