Wandering Aimlessly… Or am I?

Proverbs 20:24
A man’s steps are directed by the Lord.  How then can anyone understand his own way?  

This verse has been a blessing and a curse in my life for years.  Sometimes it comforts me, sometimes it confuses and frustrates me, but I always come back to it.  In a world of instant gratification, this is not the kind of answer we are trained to accept.  When you’re looking for guidance and turn to God the last thing you want to hear is, “I’d tell you, but you wouldn’t understand.”  Sometimes that’s how this verse makes me feel.  Other times it reminds me to relax and just let things be.  There’s a much more qualified person in control who has my best interests in mind whether I realize it at this moment or not.  I guess that’s part of the big mystery of faith isn’t it?  Saying that I have no clue what I should do with my life but I’m going to hand over control to someone who may not even tell me where they’re taking me, but I trust them enough to follow them anyway.  Scary stuff. 

Love y’all!
J

Smell the Color Nine

~Chris Rice

I would take “no” for an answer
Just to know I heard You speak
And I’m wonderin’ why I’ve never
Seen the signs they claim they see
Are the special revelations
Meant for everybody but me?
Maybe I don’t truly know You
Or maybe I just simply believe

‘Cause I can sniff, I can see
And I can count up pretty high
But these faculties aren’t getting me
Any closer to the sky
But my heart of faith keeps poundin’
So I know I’m doin’ fine
But sometimes finding You
Is just like trying to
Smell the color nine

Now I’ve never ‘felt the presence’
But I know You’re always near
And I’ve never ‘heard the calling’
But somehow You’ve led me right here
So I’m not looking for burning bushes
Or some divine graffiti to appear
I’m just beggin’ You for some wisdom
And I believe You’re puttin’ some here

‘Cause I can sniff, I can seek,
I can count up pretty high
But these faculties aren’t getting me
Any closer to the sky
But my heart of faith keeps poundin’
So I know I’m doin’ fine
But sometimes finding You
Is just like trying to
Smell the color nine

Smell the color nine?
But nine’s not a color
And even if it were you can’t smell a color
That’s my point exactly…

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One Response to “Wandering Aimlessly… Or am I?”

  1. Kaepora Gaebora Says:

    I like this verse.

    Many years ago, I found a name card–one of the very few where “Alison” was spelled correctly, and it had where the name came from and what it meant, and a Bible verse that I found eerily applicable to most of my situations–
    “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

    I’ll admit that I haven’t memorized book and chapter, but I know that whenever I’ve found myself in a . . . power struggle? . . . with my life :), that’s been where my shortcoming has been.

    Isn’t it funny how things stick with you?

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