We had been to the family reunion, but had to check a plane out of the Springfield/Branson airport. My brother-in-law had given us directions. We got up before dawn and tip-toed out of the house to keep from awaking everyone. It had started to rain. So we asked Siri to give us directions out of the farm and toward our destination. It began to pour. It was hard to see. The only problem was that Siris directions were different from the ones Larry had given to us. We ignored the persuasive female voice in our phones opting to go the direction we thought we should be going. At 5:00 am in pouring rain we finally had to ask Siri to recalculate us to our destination. By this time we had added about 30 miles to the trip. When we finally trusted Siri, we got to our destination with seconds to spare!
God has a destiny for our lives, writes David Putman in Breaking the Discipleship Code, and wants to navigate the course. He continues, He even recalculates when we move off course. Hmmm! Not only do we lose our way as individuals, but we can often lose our way as a church. He concludes, We must surrender our control willingly to Jesus. The journey with Jesus goes so much better when we do. No matter what comes our way in real lifepain, temptation, failuressurrender control to Jesus and He will help us become all that we can become in Christ. Following Jesus is about becoming. It takes time to achieve spiritual maturity and perspective.
Putnam says, The fruit of the Spirit is not the object of our faith; fruit is the result of becoming, and it is the natural consequence of our connection to the Vine. The appearance of fruit in our lives is what becoming is all about. So maybe God needs to do some recalculating in your life today. Will you let Him? When we finally trusted Siri, we got to the airport albeit the back way. If we just hadnt disobeyed the turn she told us to make! Through all the turns in our lives, accept Gods direction and well get to where He wants us to be.
David F. Nixon, D.Min
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