2017-11-22 - Unspeakable Joy
Have you ever struggled with wanting your own way? I cannot imagine that any of us have not had occasion to (or will at some point) feel that struggle.
With that idea in mind, I started watching a BBC television series that centers on a doctor who has begun a hiatus from surgery work in London, to being a general practitioner in a small fishing town not far from Cornwall. He has family there, although it’s been many years since he was there with his aunt regularly. What the doctor has planned is to deal with his sudden development of hemophobia (fear of blood), which makes surgery impossible, and then get back to his specialty in London. The current crossroad in what was once his summertime hometown is really nothing more than an annoying pit stop for him, with endless bouts of healthcare scenarios that are not much more than annoyances to him. Then he meets someone, and somehow his ultra-focused mind becomes clouded with things that make absolutely no sense to him. As much as he continues to try working toward where he wants to be, he is realizing something is changing. Even though the town frustrates him, the people there generally disturb him with their ability to infect themselves incessantly; the doctor really does not want to be anywhere that his new love is not. And so he begins to alter his thinking, because his priorities and focus are now changing. Being a big-time surgeon in a metropolis just doesn’t matter any more, because he is not only considering himself in the equation.
God wants us to learn where he would have us focus at any given moment within his plan, once we have begun following his lead. After he allows us to see things through his eyes (his word, prayer and the Holy Spirit working within us), it becomes increasingly difficult to want to do things our own way. I’m not saying we do not ever try, yet the full impact of how God’s way is better becomes quite clear through experience, after being aware of the truth. I can’t speak for others regarding God and his promises, but just as the Doctor on the show said, “I want to be wherever you are, and nothing else matters”.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.” (John 14:2-4)
All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.