Friday, March 15, 2013

A REFLECTION OF GOD

I remember several months ago I had a medical emergency for my dog and had to take him to his vet hospital some 40 miles one way at midnight. I have night blindness and the way is primarily dark along winding roads with no streetlights in an upscale neighborhood crossing the path of 9 lakes. Needless to say I was terrified to have to make that journey with a yelping dog in the back seat.

I began to pray before pulling out of the driveway and I think I was trying to convince myself more than talk to God. I began to say how I believed He could give us travel mercy and to take us safe and sound to and from the hospital. I began to talk about specific curves that I knew would be dangerous asking God to guide my hands when the pavement and the glare from the moon lit lake meshed into one surface.

Then I remembered hearing my husband pray for us in the past as we would begin the same trip. He in confidence would cite previous trips where God had delivered us from flat tires and the icy surfaces as our vehicle began to spin out of control. He would begin to praise God for being merciful towards us and loving us. I gained courage from those old prayers, remembering all of the many perils God had delivered me from and that He loved me as well. In the darkest areas, another car was in front of me that shined their bright lights to lead us through. I began to remember the others that I had watched face difficult times, armed only with their faith in God, go on to a victorious end.

In the Old Testament before men knew who God was, He was always identified by those who previously had experiences with Him. He was often referred to as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The faith of these great men not only blessed them and their defendants but also the believers today. Their great faith led many to believe that if God would bless and keep a promise to them that He would do the same for us, if we have like faith.

I ask myself, will others find God by seeing the faith I exhibit in my life? Am I leading others in the path of strength and courage only gained from believing that God will deliver me? When times get hard people turn to many solutions. I want to show them by my faith and experiences that my God, the same God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will see us through. The three Hebrew boys told the King, that even if He doesn’t, He’s able. Where does your faith lead those who are watching? Will it lead them to Christ?