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Our Journey to E91: July 26

Confession time: I failed the Indiana driver's license written exam today. Welcome to Indiana. We've lived in five states, and Indiana is the only one requiring a new resident to re-take a written exam. And it's been almost thirty years since I've taken a written driver's test! So, what were the pitfalls of the exam? The part on road signs. If you haven't taken a written driver's test in awhile, I'll let you in on a little secret. They show you sign shapes with no words in them, and you're supposed to guess what the sign means! O.K. For some of you, you may be thinking that's no big deal. But for me that's a big deal, because I'm more language oriented than symbol oriented (even though language is symbol driven as well, I know).


As I was preparing to leave the BMV with as much dignity as I could muster, I asked if they had a book I could study, and they graciously complied. On my drive home--yes, they let me keep my current license--I thought about a discussion Jesus had with some Jewish leaders in Matthew 16. These Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Jesus by asking Him to show them a sign from heaven. (I wonder what its shape was supposed to be.) In response, Jesus told them that they could interpret the signs of weather, but they couldn't interpret the signs of their time. He goes on and says, "A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign," (take that, Indiana BMV!) "but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah" (Matthew 16:4). And what was that sign? The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. He was saying, "I AM THE SIGN! DON'T MISS ME!"


When I got home, I took my bruised ego inside, but I felt a little better knowing that maybe I didn't get all the road signs right, but hopefully I'm getting the one Sign right that has eternal value. And I hope you do, as well.

Our Journey to E91: July 23

Today I'm sitting at the Hearthstone Cafe off of 116th St. in Fishers waiting for the movers to arrive. Everyone at our new E91 family has been so gracious and hospitable. We greatly appreciate your offers to help, your kind words of welcome, and your genuine concern for our family and well-being. We are already beginning to feel at "home," even though we're still not moved in yet. We're going to take the rest of this week to get settled, and I'll get set up in the office so that next week I can jump in with both feet.


In my devotions this morning, I was reminded once again of the oft-quoted Scripture from Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will keep your paths straight." Have you ever wondered how that first fits with your known reality? I have. My paths don't always seem straight, and yet I do my best to trust in the Lord. I also know that my understanding is often skewed. I even try to acknowledge the lordship of Jesus Christ in everything in my life, and yet, are my paths always straight? I guess the answer depends on what we mean by "straight." If we're expecting God to wave a magic wand so that the road ahead of us is perfectly paved with no potholes or bumps, we will be sorely disappointed. But "straightness" implies direction. It conveys the idea that God will always work things out according to HIS plan, not ours (cf. Romans 8:28).


I guess this is where trust comes into play. When I see another bend in the road, and I can't see what's around the corner, I start getting nervous. Trust is where I acknowledge the presence and power of Jesus Christ in my life regardless of the turns in the road, knowing that He will keep my path straight according to His direction and plan.  


Laura, the kids and I have had a lot of turns in our road lately, and maybe you have, too. If so, just remember that when you trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding, and when you acknowledge Him regardless of those turns in your life, He will make your path align with His and grant you the peace the surpasses all understanding (cf. Philippians 4:7). I pray you have a Christ-filled week, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

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