Why do I check the weather for Black Mountain, North Carolina, a city I visited two weeks ago? Rather than searching for local weather predictions, curiosity leads me to a town five hours away.
My mind drifts to that place where I fellowshipped with friends at a conference and learned more about writing to honor God. I remember precious people, times, and places. But I can’t “stay” there.
Have you savored recollections of a retreat or a special era in your life, basking in the glow of meaningful moments? Reflecting on treasured memories brings joy and perspective. However, if we look backward too much, we can’t live effectively in the present.
How can we find guidance today as we walk in a way that honors Christ? How can we move forward into new adventures with God as we use blessings and knowledge gained in the past? One of my favorite verses contains God’s answer:
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
On this day, wherever we are, we can study God’s Word, seek His answers in prayer, and plan to obey His direction. We may not hear a specific response today, but He promises to teach us and guide our paths.
Do we sense God steering us in a new direction? Do we need to hold something more loosely or let go of it completely? Maybe reluctance to obey God hinders us.
Is the current situation so pleasant that we cement our feet in place even when God leads us to change? Refusal to accept a new job, friendship, ministry, or adventure with God may cause us to miss blessings.
With treasured memories and new understandings tucked into my heart, here is my plan to move forward today with the promise of Psalm 32:8. I hope my ideas encourage you in your journey with God.
- to savor joyful memories and use what I’ve learned as I continue to pursue excellence in responding to God’s call.
- to communicate with and support new friends, as I allow God to nurture established relationships and create additional ones.
- to ponder what I read in the Bible daily, pray, and listen to what God is saying.
- to offer the gift of each new day back to Him as I look for the provisions and surprises God places on my table each morning.
- to take the next step as He leads me on daily adventures with Jesus.
I rejoice in the blessings of the past, however, I can neither continually look backward on my life nor spend time in regret. On this day and each day, I want to seek God’s guidance and anticipate blessings of obedience in the future, don’t you?
As a reminder of God’s promise, I posted Psalm 32:8 on my desk. Perhaps doing the same and journaling about your walk with God will help keep your focus on Him as you begin each new day.
Recording prayer requests and new truths we learn is a beneficial practice as well.
It’s time to check the weather app for this place where I live and focus on what God wants to show me. What about you? What helps you look forward and seek God’s best for you? How do past experiences inform your present activity?
I hope you’ll share a word of encouragement with all of us.
NOTES TO READERS
- At the writers’ conference, I received the blessing of an “Honorable Mention” award for this blog. Thank you, reader friends, for your encouraging comments this past year. I appreciate your support, and I stand amazed that God allows us to be a small part of His work.
- I apologize for the delay in sending new posts. Technology glitches hindered my progress for a while, but with problems solved, I can reconnect with you, which is my joy.