One day, while on vacation, my husband and I were tempted by the smell of coffee and a rhubarb custard crumble displayed in a shop window. The problem? We had very little left in our daily budget. If we were going to indulge in the dessert, we would have to take the city bus back to where we were staying, not a taxi. Ordinarily, that would not be a problem, but we were in a foreign country. It would be navigating new terrain.
But gazing at the crumble, we were emboldened to take the bus. After all—how hard could it be? So, after indulging in the treat—totally worth it, by the way—we walked up the road and stood in front of the bus stop. We could not make sense of the bus guide, but thankfully someone helpful saw our bewilderment and offered direction. “You will never get where you want standing here,” she said. “You are on the wrong side of the street. The buses here go in the opposite direction of the one you’re looking for.”
We crossed the street, and soon enough the right bus arrived. A thought came to me as we traveled out of town. We must be on the right street—and on the right side of the street—to get where we want to go in life. If we are not standing smack in the center of where the buses run, we will never board. If we are on the wrong side, we may be headed in a direction we do not want to go!
As Christians, we do not know what the future holds. Jesus tells us to be dependent upon him day by day—for our daily bread—and in Matthew 6:34 he reminds us, “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
If we stay in the center of his will, day by day, we will be exactly where we need to be to get exactly where we want to go, every day. Make sure you are headed in the right direction, friend!
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NLT
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