Sunday, 31 July 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat: July - Gift of Understanding 3

Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani No.213)

Life's path is never straight.  There may be smooth stretches, but they don’t last. A dead end causes our plans to screech to a halt. A fork in the road forces us to make an unexpected decision. A hidden obstacle trips us up.  If we fall hard enough, the injury is not only painfully inconvenient, but sometimes it signals the end.

Or does it? Would it make any difference if we followed the voice of a trusted Global Positioning System? (GPS) This examines all the possible routes and – within its robotic limitations – directs us away from the no through roads and back onto the path.

If we switched on our inner GPS, by sitting in quiet prayer, we are likely to hear the Voice of God. However, there is one significant difference. When we listen to the Voice of God, He might alert us that we’ve typed in the wrong destination.

If we trust in the Lord with all our heart and rely not on our own understanding, and acknowledge Him as we face all these detours, He'll take us to where He planned to all along. A deeper relationship with Him, where there is never an end.

Jesus said to His disciples, 
"I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words [who listens to My message] and believes and trusts in and clings to and relies on Him Who sent Me has (possesses now) eternal life." John 5:24 Amplified Bible

Read the scripture slowly.
Reflect on its meaning for you.
Listen for God's voice in the stillness. 
Pray for God's blessing upon you.

Susanne Timpani