Whether or not I was consciously aware of it at the time, God’s presence has been a guiding force in the circumstances of my life. As I seek to have a clear relationship with Him, I can only surmise that I’ll be much more aware of how He works in my life.
Not that I’ll always or even most of the time understand why things happen as they do. But I do have awareness of God’s everlasting promise to be by my side and to never leave me nor forsake me.
The are many stories in the Bible I feel a connection with that parallel some of the events in my life. In the Old Testament, one of my favorite examples in the story of David’s conquest of Goliath. David was destined for great things in God’s kingdom, but as this story begins, he’s just a shepherd boy tending his flock. Although he was not look at as a strong and courageous person, he had what they lacked – faith in God. He realized and declared that the giant would be defeated not through his own efforts, but by the power of the almighty God. I see in my own life that the “Goliath’s” in my experiences have been overcome because God did for me what I could not do for myself.
In the New Testament, I am drawn to the story of the prodigal son. The fact that the son could return home to his father’s house was due to his father’s forgiving nature and love. The boy had decided that he had better ideas of how to live his life and spend his inheritance and his father allowed him to do so. There are times in all of our lives when God allows us to follow our own free will, even though it may not be in line with what He would choose for us. During my days, I had strayed far away from what God would have me to be. But just as in this story, God runs back to us with loving arms when sees that we realize the errors of our ways and ask for forgiveness.
In both of these examples, I can see myself and the path my life has taken. Not all of it has been easy and I’ve experienced a lot of pain. But as my faith in God increases I can see, just like Joseph, that it has all worked together for good.
So this day I go forward, with the conscious choices that lie ahead firmly in my view. I each day ask God to give me a clean heart and a clear mind so I can best serve His will for my life and the lives of those around me.