Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Traffic Signs


Recently, i was offered a chance at an opportunity to possibly write for a much larger publication than this here Humble Ambitions.

Being a person who thinks in my heart that part of my purpose on this earth is to write things for the benefit of others, i jumped at the seeming opportunity to "expand my circle," so to speak....so i did speak.

It's funny how when i have a desire or some dream welling up inside of me - and i put it before God - and then an opportunity presents itself, i assume the opportunity is from God before i ever ask Him.  Does that make sense?

We have to be so careful to obey God in every step along the way to our dreams and desires and God's will -  because the enemy is eager to entice us to one side or the other....away from what God has for us.

I've done this before - disobeying by means of rationalizing that some opportunity must be God answering my prayers, while hearing/feeling a stern warning in my spirit.  Don't go there!

And i lived to regret it so bitterly.  I have no idea what much better thing God had for me in that particular situation.  But i do know that He wanted me to take the opportunity HE had for me, not just whatever i saw first.

I almost forgot about this lesson.  But the other day, regarding this new opportunity to expand my circle, i thought i was hearing His voice say, "stop."  But i didn't want to stop, so i prayed, "please help me to obey."  I didn't want to obey because going looked so much better to me that stopping.  Today, He helped me to obey by putting a friend in my path who just asked simple questions and shared her similar experiences with me.  He softened my heart and helped me to trust Him in obedience.

I don't know what God has for me, but i know that it's better than what He asks me to pass up.  I know that for sure.

In an effort to teach children to learn to listen to the still small voice of God, i have heard of a church that teaches children to listen to the traffic lights in their spirits. When you consider this thing you want to do, is there a red light, a yellow light, or a green light?  I'm trying to learn this.  Many times, the Holy Spirit's voice is in the form of quiet spiritual road signs, warning us about what's coming up or giving direction on how to maneuver.

If we'll keep listening and following and listening some more, He'll take us where we need to go.


But the LORD still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for Him to help them.  . . . you will hear a voice say, "This is the way; turn around and walk here."   Isaiah 30:18,21

5 comments:

  1. Good word Beth - a lesson we all need to take to heart more... As a pastor friend of mine says, we need to be careful of getting "Led" poisoning...

    Blessings!

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  2. Beth, I am soooo proud of you!

    Love Dad

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  3. Beth, you're so right, it is hard to listen sometimes when the message isn't one we want to hear. I like to call those the burning bushes, signals that are very plain and in our face that we try to ignore. Thanks for sharing.
    Amy

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  4. I LOVE the traffic sign analogy! Praying for you :-)

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  5. I'm going to try to remember the traffic signals to use when similar situations arise in my life. Thanks, Beth, you are an awesome writer and thinker!!

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