Finding the Way

Have you ever been lost in a big city? Back before GPS I would go to a big city and get lost. In a way, it was fun searching for my way to my destination. But there were times panic would set in as I realized I really was hopelessly lost.

The big complication is in an unfamiliar city I didn’t know where I was at So anyone I called for help couldn’t really help me. I needed to know where I was in order to get correct directions to where I was going.

gpsMany people today use a GPS (Global Position Satellite). All we have to do is type in where we are, where we want to go, and most the time it will get us there. However, if there is unreported road closings due to construction or an accident we have to change our direction. The GPS will say “Recalculating” and within moments you will once again be going in the right way. Stick to the GPS directions and soon anyone will successfully reach his or her destination.

Sometimes life brings unexpected and often unwanted circumstances that make our

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What Way Do I Go?

 

planned destination either impossible or very difficult. Multiple Sclerosis totally messed up my plan in life. I had a home, car and good paying job at 21 when I suddenly lost vision in one eye. Within 6 months I was approved for disability. I experienced many times of paralysis and blindness. It seemed the GPS of my life had to keep on “Recalculating.” Things I used to do, I know longer can do. There came a time I felt like the GPS of my life was broken; lost in despair and without hope.

The greatest lesson I learned was the need for a plan but not just for life here. Life here can be very disappointing. I needed an everlasting HOPE. I found it! My life is still full of the changes I do not like as my body ages and MS continues to try to destroy my body. BUT I accepted Jesus Christ and I am no longer lost. My destination is the ultimate one and all hell coming against me can not change it. Jesus Christ is my Savior and LORD and He is preparing for me a place. I can and I do keep the “joy set before me” in sight. Heaven is my final destination and nothing and no body can take it away from me. I know where I am going.

John 3:7

Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again. 

Do you know where you are going ? Do you know how to get there? It is good to have goals such as graduating from college or a job with a certain company. It is also good to plan to get married and have a family. But the MOST important destination is one for which one must be prepare. If you don’t take this seriously you still will have a destination but it will be the wrong direction; hell. SO please take this serious. Eternity is a forever and forever is a long long time. It is the ultimate destination that we all have a choice or direction from which GPS to choose. My GPS is God’s Provided Salvation.

Do you know where you are going? Do you know The Way?

John 14:6

6 Jesus *said to him,“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

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Facing and Embracing

Have you ever had someone imply or call you crazy…and mean it? Or to be more politically correct, “I think you need to talk to someone- a psychologist.” Psychologists are needed in this world. Some need the counseling or help they provide. I think they are God-sent just as all good doctors are. However, it was my doctor who told me he wanted me to see a psychologist because I was “too happy” and not accepting the reality my life– which he then pointed to the wheelchair sitting in the corner of the hospital room. He said, “That wheelchair is your reality, you need to accept it.”

At that time, once again I was in the hospital for long term ACTH treatment for another MS attack. I was unable to walk, see and function normally. When I didn’t respond emotionally the way the doctors expected, they told me I wasn’t facing reality. The reality they wanted me to face and embrace is my definition of doom and gloom. The realities of statistics in the medical journals were stacked against me. However, I embrace God’s Word rather than man’s word for my future. My circumstances were not good but once I knew the war I faced, my decision was made. I would live my life embracing God’s Word for my life not man’s prognosis. This doesn’t mean I ignore doing what the doctors recommend or say unless they try to force me to accept doom and gloom over Hope. Never will I tell anyone that I didn’t cry or that I don’t get tired of the constant pain and struggle. I did and I do BUT to be my best for Christ I must continue to refocus on His purpose for my life.noveinsmckee

Nothing catches the LORD by surprise. He knows every circumstance we are in and will face in life. What we must decide is how we will face them. While in the hospital I had fun – well as much fun as you can have. The nurses would put signs above my bed like “no veins McKee” and “feed peanut M’ and M’s when sleepy –donations wanted.” I tease the nurses without much mercy-especially in some of things we had to do, somethings are easier if you can laugh about it. I ordered pizzas and had pillow fights with my roommate (which was quite a feat as we both were confined to our beds). In the early 1980’s I was in the hospital for 3-6 weeks at a time about every 3-4 months. I knew too well that my body was betraying me, but why focus on it? I  embrace God’s Word for hope. And I chose joy no matter how ridiculous it seemed to some. For me, it was the way to make the best of life then and now.

Life brings with it the good, the bad and the ugly. When we see no purpose there still is one. Living a joyful life is different than getting everything we think we want in life. Paul sang praises to the LORD in prison (and there was no television or bathroom privileges back then). There is Greater Plan for life than what meets the eye. No matter what our immediate circumstances are we need to trust God. It is the only way I know to live.

Acts 2:28  Amp. You have made known to me the ways of life; You will enrapture me [diffusing my soul with joy] with and in Your presence.

God will make a way for you where there seems to be no way. He will enable you plus give you His grace to live a productive and joyful life, no matter what you are facing. He is a good God and He loves you. He takes our lives, our deepest pains, disappointments and in the midst of it all gives us a purpose much bigger than ourselves.