Circuitous Paths

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Every adventure begins with a first step, or so it is said. We must take a step, whether in the right direction or wrong before progress can be made. Though we may not realize it at the time, even our circuitous paths are able to bring us home when we allow God to lead the way.

When you were younger, were you positive you knew exactly where you were going in life and exactly how you would get there?

I remember sitting around my room with girlfriends in elementary school telling each other the type of house we would live in, the number of children we would have, what our husbands would look like …

I can’t speak for the others, but I know I didn’t end up in the house with the white picket fence, and to be truthful, I’m glad.

My elementary school plans were so limited. I didn’t have vision beyond what I saw on the covers of magazines and in television shows, or what I read in books.

And I definitely didn’t give thought to the fact God was the one who should direct my path.

As adults, sometimes we might play the same game. We know for a fact what job we will have, who our friends will be, how much money we will retire with. But we haven’t given much thought to the fact God is the one who should direct our path.

When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, it took them eleven days to reach the Promised Land. (Deuteronomy 1:2) Yet, due to their unbelief God refused to let them enter. (Numbers 13 & 14) As a result, they wandered through the Sinai desert for 40 years. They took a circuitous route because they grumbled, complained, rebelled and didn’t believe God. Their vision was limited. They couldn’t see beyond their next campground.

In fact, they spent most of their time looking backwards at where they’d been and wishing they were still there. They didn’t take hold of the vision God had for them even though his presence led them.

God had a plan from before the beginning of time for what he would accomplish through his people. He has a plan for what he wants to accomplish through us.

Sometimes the way seems clear and we’re right on track to living in the house with the white picket fence, then boom! Something happens that knocks us sideways and we end up wandering in the desert.

Sometimes God takes us on winding journeys through the desert to bring us back to him. He won’t leave us in the desert as long as we continue to trust him.

Though we may take a circuitous route to get there, our home in heaven is so much better than any white picket fence we could imagine. Wouldn’t you agree?

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Show me the right path, O Lord point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. Psalm 25:4-5 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Refuse To Let Satan Discourage You

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Perhaps you are, or have been, in a place where you have questioned whether you are doing what God wants you to do.

If this is really what I’m supposed to be doing, then why is it so HARD? Could it be all the voices telling me I’m not good enough, strong enough, capable enough just might be correct? Is this all a waste of time? Should I give up?

I’ve had those thoughts off and on during various times, and especially throughout this writing journey I’m on. During those times it’s good for us to remember the prophets of the Old Testament. They worked so hard at what God called them to, yet often felt like it wasn’t making a bit of difference.

The prophets became discouraged. They faced hardships. They were attacked and threatened. In all of this, they ran to God and cried out to him. Perhaps we should, too.

A friend reminded me Satan doesn’t like for anyone to do God’s will, no matter who they are, or what they’re doing.

Satan’s not happy when victories are won that further the Kingdom of God here on earth.

Satan goes out of his way to make our lives miserable. If he can get us to quit, feel defeated, or beat ourselves up over our lack of ability, he’s won and does a happy dance.

Satan would love for us to say, “This is too difficult. I quit.” BUT greater is HE who is in us, than he who is in the world. Amen?

Do you think Satan makes us feel discouraged because we’re doing the job God wants, and Satan’s running scared when he realizes what will happen if we succeed?

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I said to myself, “I’m completely worn out; my time has been wasted. But I did it for the Lord God, and he will reward me.” Isaiah 49:4 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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