The office area I am working in is shared by several people, kind of a big open area with desks scattered here and there. Well, as you can imagine, sometimes one hears conversations they aren’t actually involved in. Today, I over hear a couple guys talking about the race track near here. Something about a big race in a week or two. Well, I ain’t no race fan. Watching noisy cars go around a big oval track just doesn’t seem like fun to me. But, to each his own, if they like it, then good for them. As they continued talking about it I remembered when I was about 5 my brother and I getting a race car set for Christmas, the old slot car track, with a groove in the track and a little bar thing under the car that if operated correctly, keeps it on the right part of the track . Well, thinking about that, I got to thinking how my dad and his nephew (only about 3 or 4 years younger than my dad) were so busy playing it that my brother and I hardly had a chance. For those unfamiliar with them, there is a control that one uses to adjust the speed, and one is supposed to speed up in the straight parts, but slow down at the curves. Well, John did not like slowing and he kept it full speed as he approached a curve. AND……the car jumped track. He lost that time and they started again and again, John wouldn’t slow down. Over and over this happened, and, as I was thinking about that, it sort of made me think about how sometimes, I have been so focused on something that I even though I had the things available to keep me on the track, I tried too hard to rush this or that, or decided I was not going to do exactly as I knew I should do and jumped track. In this case, if we repent, ask for forgiveness and try, God will give us a do over, pick us up, put us back on the track and as long as we allow the equipment (spiritually prayer, study of His word, and effort to live properly) we will stay on the track and finish the race.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalms 16:11
Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Psalms 25:4
Yeah, I need to ease up on the controls and let him guide me.
More thinking, cause well, my mind looks for connections, this day and age with all the remote controlled cars, etc I got to thinking about them, then about a small drone I received for Christmas a couple years ago. Now, no safety like the slot cars, but when used properly the remote can make it do most anything. IF the operator knows how. The other thing with it is that if the operator is kinda doing ok, but then, lets things go a little too far, the drone can get out of range of the remote and then there is NO CONTROL over what it does. Usually that meant continuing on the path it was on and unless wind affected it or the battery ran out of power, it could go a long ways, no control, just drifting off on its own path, no real purpose, just going alone until it runs out of power and crashes. Some have safeties that bring them back to the remote when the power gets too low, or will turn them if they move out of range, mine isn’t that fancy. I had been messing with it enough that I felt sort of confident, a little too much so, and as I was flying it, it got out of range, I watched it go over the trees in the fence line and keep going. Then, my son in law and I had to go try to find it. Looked and looked and right when I was about to give up, he said, “There it is” well, it was over 1/4 mile away, in the CRP grass, the stuff they don’t cut to help with water and soil conservation, THICK, TALL grass and weeds.
Well, thinking on how hard I looked for that drone that had gotten out of range, no control on itself other than to keep flying until it got to the point it could fly no more, made me realize that I too had done that. The process was slow, I drifted further from THE Controller and eventually, would not respond when He tried to bring me back into range. SO, He allowed me to run out of power. But, the best part is then, when it seemed hopeless to me that I could be found, He kept looking. He wanted to take me back, recharge my batteries and then use me for His intended purpose.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments. Psalms 119:176
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11
For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. I Peter 2:25
I have at times, lost my grip on the slot and jumped the track. But, like my dad and cousin with the race track, He picked me up, dusted me off and put me back on track and gave me a do over. I got to restart my race when I accepted Christ as the Son of God who died for my sins, Confessed those sins to Him and He redeemed me. Praise God that He is so loving and merciful.
And, I exceeded my range, got too far from Him so I was flying on my own. I was that lost sheep, lost in the fields, no power of my own to get myself back where I belong. But He came looking for me and brought me back into the fold. WHAT A MIGHTY AND CARING GOD WE SERVE.
Dear Lord, I am so in awe of You and Your majesty. I am so very thankful that You care for me so much that You will give me the chance everyday to start my race over, that all the times I got off track are forgiven and that when I got lost and drifted from You that You did not give up on me. I thank Christ for coming to find me when I was lost and that He brought me back to the fold and into Your grace and mercy. I praise You for being a forgiving God that cared so much that He sent His Son to be crucified, raised Him from the grave that I may have redemption. I ask in Jesus Name that You continue to help my faith grow, that You teach me how to seek Christ and make me into the servant I need to be to glorify You. I pray You will draw the lost to You and those who know You that they know You, Your will and way for their lives.
I hope that this helps someone besides just me. I find so much benefit in writing these posts as it helps me better learn of His mercy, love, forgiveness and it helps me appreciate my salvation through Christ so much better. I thank all who read for taking the time to do so. Have a blessed day, and as my friend always said he did, try to be a blessing to at least one person every day.