On Thursday last, I took my two daughters (Maya 13 and Ceanna aged 12) to the Five Island Water Park for a Daddy & Daughters Day out. During the wonderful day out, there was something which put a stain on the day for me. When we arrived, my younger daughter Ceanna had to change into her bathing suit as she did not put it on under her regular clothes before leaving home. At this time, I instructed Maya to accompany Ceanna to the washroom and then I proceeded to sit down.
After sitting down, I realized that Maya was heading back to the water and leaving Ceanna to proceed to the washroom by herself. I called out to Maya and signaled to her to go with Ceanna. I subsequently began to take my seat again, then upon looking up I saw Maya still disregarding my instruction and walking back to the water to bathe. So for the 3rd time I had to call Maya to give her the same instruction. This time I was calling her about 3-4 times and she just kept on walking away. Long story short, I had to go to Maya at the edge of the water and firmly instruct her to accompany her sister to the washroom. I am sure you parents can relate to how a situation like this will make anyone feel uncomfortable.
Upon reaching home, I spoke to Maya about this behaviour before she came out the vehicle. I didn’t want to dampen the day with bringing up her behaviour at the end, but I just felt I had to. I was never disrespectful to my parents and mainly my kids are totally respectful, so I am not sure what would have gotten into Maya. But maybe it was God setting the stage to not only teach Maya a lesson, but also me. Please allow me to explain further as you read on.
Last week was one of the most difficult weeks for me in my distant memory. I had a conversation with someone on Monday and that conversation led to another and in the end, these conversations off centered my spiritual and mental equilibrium in a big way. Mentally, the last few days were hard and my mind was spiraling downwards in a vortex of thoughts and I just felt to walk away from God and everything else.
Being a believer and wanting to walk away or question God is nothing new. Even when the Great John the Baptist was in prison, he questioned if Jesus was the one or should we look for another (Luke 7:18-23). Sometimes situations in life imprison us and hold us captive for so long, that we strongly consider throwing in the towel and walking away. All of us have been there, haven’t we?
But as Maya taught me, why walk away? When I was having my Friday morning devotions, the thought of Maya walking away came into my mind again. The same imagery of the day before became vivid once again. This time however, it was God as the Father and me as the child. The Father calling His son in order to give him instructions to guide and bless his life, but the son stubbornly turn his back and wanting to walk away.
I felt how God would have felt if I walked away. I put all the emotions and feelings which Maya gave me into how God would be feeling when we turn our backs to Him on a daily basis and worst yet, if we fully walked way.
God is our parent, and He loves us immensely, and even more than we could ever love our own children. Therefore, our actions of daily walking away from His word and instructions will hurt Him so much more. So today is a good day to examine if you are stubborn and walk away from His word which says to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Or ask yourself, do I walk way and not embrace His word which states to read the bible every day as noted in (Psalms 1:1-2).
God has so much in store for His children, if only we can believe and trust in His word a bit more.
Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us to, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”.
If we can only look past the temporal hardships and difficulties of Life and be reminded that all things happen for good to those who love the Lord (Romans 8:28).
As I told Maya, I am telling you, “Don’t walk away”. As God told me in my devotions, I am telling you, “Don’t Walk Away”. If you are a christian and going through a difficult time, then don’t walk away from God, simply keep following His instructions and bury yourself in prayer and His word. Remember Psalms 119:105 states, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”.
If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour, then don’t keep turning your back on Him, and denying His calls. Out of the 7 billion plus persons living on the earth, God has decided to call you personally. He has decided to call you now, because you are needed for the kingdom of God. Please don’t give up on His calls. When next the phone of your heart rings, please answer, for on the other end, is the God of the universe with a special blessing and assignment for you.
My Friends, Keep pushing, Keep Pressing and keep on Purpose….!
Your Brother in the Lord,
Dane Miller – “God is the Author, I am the Pen”
Authored Book – What is the Woman Saying – Lessons from Biblical Women.
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