Your way… Or Yahweh?
Admit it. You really like it when things go your way, don’t you? Me too. After a long arduous climb, it’s nice to take a rest on the mountain top and survey the beauty of the land around you. Whether it is friends and family getting along, finances sufficient to pay for your needs and some of your wants, good health, a beautiful day on your day off, a cool breeze on a hot day…it’s just nice when everything works out, isn’t it?
But that’s not always the way it goes. I read a Facebook prayer request the other day that caught my attention. The person was saying they really needed prayers because “things really aren’t going my way lately.” In a rather insensitive moment, I thought to myself, “Welcome to the club. Life isn’t designed to always go our way.” I think the first chapter of Warren’s Purpose Driven Life book is called “It’s not about you!” And still, we often expect that things will go our way. In fact we spend much of our life attempting to achieve just that.
The cartoon above shows the sojourner, a man just like you and me, standing at the crossroads of “Your way” and “Yahweh” (God’s way; good word play.) That’s just where you and I are every single day, and many times throughout the day. Making choices of which way we will go, deciding to say this or that, to mark our thoughts with nobility or with pride. Oh for sure, we aren’t always aware of the choice. We are so good at acting as creatures of habit, we go through much of life in a doze and on ‘autopilot.’ Like the old nursery song we need to ask, “Are you sleeping, are you sleeping, brother John?” Feel free to insert your own name. I have when I have found myself sleeping through parts of life.
What are we to do at such times? Wake up. Let the light of God shine on you and rouse you from your sleepiness. “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14 Choose YAHWEH/God’s way through the day. Even if it’s difficult it will surpass your way.