The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand. -Psalm 37:23-24
To the child of God, there is no such thing as accident. He travels an appointed way. The path he treads was chosen for him when as yet he was not, when as yet he had existence only in the mind of God.
Accidents may indeed appear to befall him and misfortune stalk his way; but these evils will be so in appearence only and will seem evils only because we cannot read the secret script of God's hidden providence and so cannot discover the ends at which He aims....
The man of true faith may live in the absolute assurance that his steps are ordered by the Lord. For him, misfortune is outside the bounds of possibility. He cannot be torn from this earth one hour ahead of the time which God has appointed, and he cannot be detained on earth one moment after God is done with him here. He is not a waif of the wide world, a foundling of time and space, but a saint of the Lord and the darling of His particular care. We Travel an Appointed Way, pp. 3-4
Wow...hasn't that been true throughout this break.
Something I was thinking about earlier today...
... After going through so many books, talking to so many people in the search of the "next big thing" I need to do in my walk, or catching the next hot thing in Christendom ... I've come to the conclusion that it all comes back to relationship, to the Word, to prayer. In the end, your pastor, your awesome book, your friends ... everyone can be saying the right things ... but the impetus for ultimate growth will always fall into your hands. Will you walk in relationship? Will you risk with God? If you're looking for your church, pastors, fellow brothers/sisters, programs to grow you, it is my opinion that you wil grow a little bit ... but in the end, you will reach a point where those things will have to complement your own personal pursuit with God ... not be the center of your pursuit.
And...no matter where you look, whatever means you explore to pursue this relationship ... I'm finding (at least this has been true for me ... I can't speak for others) that it always comes back to learning to pray, learning to meditate on his Word, learning to hear his voice. A good brother whom I've often sought counsel from has always exhorted me to learn the discipline of waiting on God. God...why can't I do it? I realized today that I have yet to sustain prayer for a certain topic ... I think I have "doing devotions daily" down pat ... but having consistent relationship? sustained, persevering, prevailing prayer? Nope...not quite... which makes my "doing devotions daily" really mean for squat.
So I'm learning to breathe, learning to crawl, learning to return to relationship ... :)
Inside outside, pulling me in / No matter where I run I know you'll never give in / I see you in the storm, I see you in a kiss / I've been around the world and never found a love like this