"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

the wanderer



Direction.  I struggle every day with making time to seek direction.  It's not that I don't know where to find it, I do. It's just that when it's as clear as the name on a road sign I have no problem.  But sometimes I find myself wandering. Wandering is not the greatest thing for a Christ One to find herself doing (think of the Israelites).  No, I don't want to be found wandering without direction.  So, when I lose sight of the road sign, I'm often shown a pre-sign.  You're familiar with it I'm sure.  It's eight sided (otherwise known as octagonal in case you thought I didn't know the word), red with white, and the five letters emblazoned on the front give the direction that precedes all directions.  STOP.  

What is it we teach our children to do when they get lost in the forest?  Hug a tree.  Is it because we want them to bond with nature during this traumatic moment?  Of course not, we want them to STOP. "Don't wander."  "Call out to me and listen for my voice."  

We have a loving Father who wants us to find our way.  When we are wandering, he wants us to stop.  He wants us to listen.  "I'm listening Abba."

Blessings, Debbie

18 comments:

  1. So true! When my life starts to get messy I know that I need to STOP and listen, have I been living my way or His? I find that messy is mine, His is perfect!
    Happy Summer Debbie.

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  2. My mind noises are so loud sometimes it is hard to quiet myself enough to hear the directions... and my impatience makes it hard to wait to hear... but, when I don't, I always see clearly where the stop signs were. The good news is that He can make all things work... even when we don't take the easy route with Him. You are wise to stop and listen. blessings and prayers that your direction is revealed soon. tanna

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  3. Sometimes I don't see any of the signs...just not taking the time to look, I'm sure, but then I get really lost. But, thank the Lord that he is full of grace. I don't want to wander. I want to be going in his direction and doing his work. Looking....looking...looking...and listening. Thanks so much for this post at a time that I need it! Blessings to you, too.

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  4. Oh Debbie...this is so beautiful, and so timely for me. We are going through a crazy busy time these few weeks, and it is easy to just plow on ahead and let all the t0-do's crowd out the necessity of stopping and seeking His direction. Thank you, friend, for the reminder. Wise words.

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  5. Bingo! This was short and sweet and to the point. The first sign in real progression when we're wandering is STOP. I loved how you tied in the child lost in the forest, too. EXCELLENT.

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  6. Love this post! Sometimes I feel like a little child out of control and The Lord has to take me and say "Stop, settle down and walk quietly with me."

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  7. Such helpful words, Debbie! The Lord always sings me back to dependence on Him. Good Shepherd.

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  8. Totally...great post and said in just a simple but with great illustration that drive the point home. I too find myself looking for directions, I need to stop and hear His voice.
    Thanks...

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  9. a great reminder debbie. i think we are constantly given the slow down warning and we don't heed it, hence the big, loud STOP.

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  10. Fantastic word for today. Love the stop sign definition for Christ followers. ALSO went on your garden walk, I LOVE how you use rustic pieces to decorate. Visit my other blog "Tin and Sparkle"-this is how I do my gardens.
    Ann

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  11. kind thoughtful words - they are calming reminder -- to stop wondering. hugs

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  12. I love the lost in the forest analogy. What do you do when you are lost...STOP...and listen. I haven't been doing enough of that lately. Great post. Blessings

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  13. Great post....beautiful words of wisdom!

    happy day!!

    xoxo...Gloria

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  14. When I pass my destination my gps tells me "Make a U-turn." Sometimes when I wander too far God whispers, "Make a U-turn." He's always so gracious to guide me back to where He placed my destination!

    Blessings,
    Pamlea

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  15. Yes, be still, and then you will KNOW.

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  16. I tried to follow you but blogger is doing it's thing again :(. Will be back

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  17. Very timely advice for a seemingly sailess soul.
    Thanks,
    Dave Lord

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