Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Do you trust Christ to get your where you need to go no matter what happens tomorrow or the next day? Life’s journeys begin with a full trust. A partial trust is risky and often leads to unnecessary panic and a sense of lostness..
My friend, lifes a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I really dislike getting lost. Evidently, as a child, I must have gotten good and lost at one point and panicked. Whatever the case, when I begin to feel lost these days my navigation skills become blurred, an adult brand of panic kicks in, and getting real lost has serious potential for me. These days I use the GPS on my phone to navigate in uncharted waters and that’s helped a lot. The days of dead reckoning or drawing crude road maps have passed for the most part. Nevertheless, there remain those times when even GPS has its limitations and an overwhelming sense of lostness immediately kicks in. Recently Holly and I were driving to an event in an unfamiliar area. She plugged the address into my I-Phone and the GPS loaded a map and driving instructions. We left feeling confident we would arrive at the right place, on time with a bit of time to spare. Unfortunately as we were nearing our destination the audio on the phone quit and I could no longer hear the instructions. As Holly fussed with the phone to reactivate the audio I drove along aimlessly, knowing I had to turn soon but unsure of where. A feeling of panic overwhelmed me instantly and directional jibber began to pour out from me. Meanwhile Holly had restored the GPS but too late for my directionally challenged emotions. “Don’t panic.” Was her instruction. “Simply follow what the GPS has to say and it will turn you around if you’ve taken a wrong turn.” I heard her and believed her, but once panic sets in it’s difficult to shake it. Eventually I leveled out and began driving directionally again, but only after hearing the reassuring voice of Ceres on my phone.
Jesus instructed a frightened Peter in Matthew 14:30: “Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’” Peter jumped out of a safe place in a boat and began walking on the water to a beckoning Christ. He did so with confidence. However, once that confidence faded and he began to sink, panic set in and he no longer had confidence in the direction he was heading. When we allow life’s sometimes troubling events to provide the fertile ground for panic, sinking is inevitable as lostness may easily overtake us. Getting back on track is the key, but we need to listen for the reassuring voice of the One who holds out his hand, Jesus Christ.
Here’s a story. Author George Orwell describes a wasp that was sucking jam on his plate and he cut him in half with his fork. The wasp paid no attention, merely went on with his meal, while a tiny stream of jam trickled out of his severed esophagus. Only when he tried to fly away did he grasp the dreadful thing that had happened to him.” (Source unknown.)
The wasp and people without full confidence in Christ to direct their lives in all things at all times have much in common. Severed from the rudder of their souls, Jesus Christ, people continue to be consumed in the lostness of their emotions. When it's time to move on with life they grasp their dreadful condition and begin to sink into an emotional pit of despair and panic. I failed to trust the GPS to redirect me after I had failed to make the correct turn I needed to make in order to arrive safely at my destination. My wife reminded me to listen to Ceres and trust that her voice would put me back on track. Often, like Peter, we fail to put our full trust in Christ to get us where we need to go, succumbing to pitfalls that might befall us on the way. When Peter started to sink he forgot Christ. When I felt I was lost, I forgot Ceres. Life’s journeys begin with a full trust. A partial trust is risky and often leads to unnecessary panic and a sense of lostness.
We pray. Thank you Lord for providing direction in our lives. You have said, “Come to me” and that is a trustworthy command. Sometimes, Father, we start to come but we falter when serious things happen to us along the way and we lose our trust in the One who tells us not to be afraid. Forgive us when we sink into an emotional crisis that only makes thing worse because we can’t hear your voice telling us to just turn around. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. This Passing Day. (Matt 6:34)
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