Open Ground

Paths to Hope, #3

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Flexibility—the quality we encourage in others but struggle to apply ourselves. After all, we thought long and hard about the route we’re on. We prayed to God and sought counsel from others. We weighed the pluses and minuses and searched our hearts to make sure there were no dishonorable motives. We may remember the moment of divine inspiration and be able to cite each God-led step. And yet, the course we were on crashed. The disaster came—the division, the death, the divorce, the disease—and it destroyed everything.

It’s over. But we won’t let go, as if cherishing the dream will resurrect it. If you have been in this place you will object, as I did, to the following advice: Open your heart to new opportunities. 

Step onto open ground. Don’t fear being unfaithful to your past or approaching a new challenge. Understand God’s heart and you will open yours. 

His plans are perfect, though His revelation is partial. We see only one step ahead, our Father sees the end from the beginning and we are wrong to make assumptions based on where our past has led or where we now stand. 

One step—just take one prayerful step in a new direction and see where God will lead, what He will do, and what surprises He has for you.  

Flexible, fluid, pliable—attitudes necessary for that next great thing God has for us. Without those qualities we just may stubbornly, self-righteously miss out on the unexpected. 

Let’s be brave and open our hearts to God’s opportunities.

More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. Philippians 3:8 NRSV

Next week we’ll explore the P Path to H.O.P.E.

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