He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Psalm 40:3a

Monday, November 16, 2015

Changing Directions

         I have a wonderful scientist friend who is also a wonderful steadfast Christian.  In his words, “How can a person, knowing so many of the intricacies in Science, NOT believe?  God’s presence is all around us.  It seems every day science is proving the validity of the Bible.” 

            I read about another young man, a Yale law and science student, who along with many of his chemist friends, was progressive, with broad worldview attitudes and lifestyle beliefs.  He made a decision, despite his previous educational status to follow his heart to divinity school.  His decision brought resentment, disenchantment, ridicule and even rejection from those he’d known for a great many years.  It seems the idea of expressing faith seemed so foreign to his peers, they found the matter of understanding and “tolerance” to what they didn’t understand, easier to reject, than to accept.

             Changing directions and pathways are not that uncommon in our very transitory world.  It’s as normal to change degrees in college as it is to change shoes!  I admit writing was not what I expected to do when I graduated from High School, yet here I am. 

            People change careers all the time.  Sometimes it’s by choice, other times it’s mandated by where we work.  The business where we live and work closes or upgrades, and necessary education or a move, requires change.  This can be very difficult.  

            I remember years ago when my mother-in-law was given this ultimatum. She was told she’d have to drive an extra ninety minutes further (on top of her already ninety minute drive) in order to stay employed with the store or she’d simply have to move.  She opted to retire, and it completely changed her life.

            Retirement for some, is a great option.  It opens the door for travel opportunities, and often a less stressful lifestyle.  For others, it’s a mandate for health issues to head downhill.  It seems once the reason to live, or purpose in life is altered, or in some cases extinguished, health issues seem to roll over us like a giant snowball without any stopping it!

            A change in direction isn’t necessarily a bad thing, in fact, there are times, when change is the perfect solution.  It’s how we handle change that is important.  It’s how we see our lives, and if it is centered around God.  We need to remember whatever changes are made, good or bad, God knew it was going to happen and when we depend on Him for guidance, he will lead us to places we couldn’t even imagine!  

            No matter where we are in our lives, we have the ability and obligation to further His Kingdom.  Our age or circumstance is totally irrelevant.  We are each given skill sets that enable us to reach out to others if we are open to God’s leading no matter what our age!

            Consider where you are this very moment.  How do you stand with God? Are you where He wants you to be?