For many a life yielded to God appears weak, boring, restrictive and too religious.
I had the privilege of growing up in Culver City, California. A city filled with great enchantment for a child. My backyard for several years was attached to the Desilu Studios. At that time I didn’t realize just how very unique my surroundings were. From daily seeing the Batmobile, Lassie, Bruce Lee and his son living two houses from me, to sneaking into the studios to see such shows as Andy Griffith, Gomer Pile, and F Troup being filmed. This was the era where children played outside until dark, and neighbors talked with each other for hours. And it was in the center of that backdrop where I first saw them.
Theirs was a feat not many could withstand, and yet they seemed to do it with such grace and joy. I was around ten years old the first time I spotted them. Instantly my heart was drawn to their plight and mesmerized by the beauty of their harmony. They walked simultaneously, synchronized like a beautiful orchestra, guided only by what they held in their hands. This extraordinary couple was blind, and their walking stick was their only means of experiencing freedom in their world. I had the opportunity of watching this amazing couple walk the streets countless times during my childhood.
I found it difficult to comprehend such an enduring hardship. For a moment, my little world seemed insignificant compared to what I was witnessing. I looked with wonder at the confidence they placed on the instrument they each held. It led them. It guided them. And protected them. And yet I wondered how they could put so much trust in this stick with all the danger, obstacles and challenges surrounding them. Their blind faith captured my heart.
They depended unreservedly on their instrument to direct them every step of the way. They held the walking stick in front of them, and with complete trust surrendered to the instrument leading them and protecting them from what was ahead. Trusting that it would guide them in the unseen avenues of their world. I would watch as they approached a crosswalk, tap the stick to feel the street and listen intently for traffic. Then when they sensed the road was clear they crossed the street completely trusting their walking stick.
Little did I know the impact those repeated scenes, etched in my memory, would have on my life; how the memory would draw a parallel to my learning to trust in an unseen God for everything in my life. It is one thing to say “I trust God” and then another thing to really live that out in life. Just as this blind couple totally relied on their walking stick to experience freedom in their world, I have had to learn how to totally rely on the Lord to experience freedom in my world.
For many a life yielded to God appears weak, boring, limited, restrictive and too religious. And yet what I have discovered first hand is that real freedom comes by way of letting go and trusting God. Yet, as humans we strive and stumble trying to do it our way. Convinced that we know what is best for our life. Trying everything under the sun to mask the emptiness and dissatisfaction we feel. All the while God is lovingly and passionately pursuing us waiting for us to open our hearts door to His AMAZING GRACE.
At this very moment God issues invitations by the millions. He says, “Come, enjoy me forever.” Yet many people have no desire to do so. He speaks; they cover their ears. He commands; they scoff. They don’t want him telling them how to live. They regard his son as a joke and the cross as utter folly. They spend their lives telling God to leave them alone. Max Lucado
Jesus offers the invitation in Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
What about you? Are you depending on the things of this world to satisfy the longing in your heart? GOD LOVES YOU!!! And while you may not know it yet – The unseen God is really clearer and nearer than anything else in this world. Take the step today to trust the Lord and watch and see the miracles He performs in your life.
God’s blessings……….I WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS….
By Marta VanGerwen © 2012
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