Beginning the Journey
By Sallie Wilson
“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”Psalm 119:18
What’s the first thing my eyes look at in the morning? Do I honor God with my first thoughts each day? Do my prayers intercede for others?
As believers we should desire to have our eyes and hearts focused on Christ. When I begin to wake each morning, the first thoughts my mind should have, are to speak with my God. When I make this my priority, I find I can linger longer in His presence and listen for His Words more easily throughout the day. Finding His conversations continuing throughout my day, guiding me and encouraging me, giving me great comfort and peace.
I haven’t always been able to understand all that I read. Comprehension has always been my struggle in any book. But as God opened my understanding, I began to grasp what He was saying in His Word, what He was saying to me.
Reading just to read doesn’t accomplish anything in my life but filling my head with meaningless words. So I began to change my daily practices; prayer before my feet hit the floor, being sure to thank God for everything and to commit the coming day to Him. My first commitment upon rising is to get into His Word to understand the directions for my life this day.
Starting is the most difficult part of any journey, knowing what to take and the route to take. I hate packing to go on a trip, I always over pack it seems. Too much junk that is unnecessary for the trip we are taking.
The journey God has us on requires our Bible and our time. We don’t need all the unnecessary tools the world offers, but God’s Word and our willingness. The journey ahead is made easier when you make the Word of God your guide for life.
Before I committed to beginning my daily activities putting God first, I tried to arrange my schedule around me. I would allow time for the things that I enjoyed and felt I needed to do, and then if there was time and energy left, I would give a brief moment to God. Offering up those prayers we sometimes casually throw out and expect God to be attentive.
I found out God is attentive and when He wants more of me, He will get my attention. I am a work in progress, a canvas for the Master. As my life is refined by His fire and the imperfections skimmed aside, I begin to see His work in my life. The good that I accomplish is by God’s power. The things that I do in my own strength result in nothing lasting and certainly often are a disaster or failure.
If you are struggling with the journey ahead, stop and take TIME to put God first and learn from His truths. Immerse yourself in Christ. You can do nothing in your own power. You are being fashioned for the Master’s use by the Master himself. Allow God to have control of your life and commit your life to Christ.
“Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” Psalm 127:1