For I am commanding you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commands, statutes, and ordinances, so that you may live and multiply, and the LORD your God may bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
Deuteronomy 30:16 HCSB
Man, first accept my apologies for the missing post last Friday. I enjoyed a day off of work and the break grew into a break from everything, including the Barnabas Man Post.
That break for me was much needed. As a family, we enjoyed a quick “water park weekend” and I soaked it up. As the weekend went by, my wife and I seemed to center our conversations on what is coming ahead for us as a couple and as a family. This conversation continued as we watched other families with their toddlers and young children race to keep them safe around the water and around strangers. There was a brief moment on Saturday when we met a young boy, no older than 3, that was lost from his family. I took his hand and brought him to the guest services, and after a good 30 minutes, my wife and I were relieved to see his father find him.
Surprising to us both, the father was not as happy as we had expected. In fact, he was quite angry at his young boy, for “getting lost” in the first place. It was everything I could do to refrain from interjecting and Heather helped me to stay clear of the topic with this fortunate father that found his son. The guy was generally ticked off and let his son know exactly how he felt. The boy broke down further into more tears than he had even when he was alone, unknowing of where his family was. We were heartbroken and quickly remembered back to the times in our own family when brokenness and strife was an everyday thing, and our emotions sometimes took over showing less than perfect grace.
This brought us to the talk of walking in the yes. Aren’t glad God doesn’t react this way when we are found by Him? Aren’t you thankful that despite our last ways and brokenness that God DOES NOT PUNISH us when we are saved? HE ONLY WANTS US KNOW HIS LOVE IS CONSTANT and His Heart for us is thankful and LOVING.
I can say I know how this father at the waterpark felt, and I, myself, have also reacted poorly with my children MANY TIMES. I’ve reacted in a way that let MY EMOTIONS overrule the reality of the child’s safety. Would we feel differently if the boy was never found? Of course! but so hard to see that amidst the stress of the problem isn’t it?
Today, our marriage is quite different than what it was 10 years ago. Even my life as a whole different as well…. ONE MAJOR CHANGE… We are walking in the YES. It’s a YES to God, a YES to Christ, and a YES to the unknown adventures that lie before us. It’s a YES to the Holy Spirit and a YES to the mission of spreading GRACE and PEACE and LOVE to others. Walking in the YES means that you ACCEPT the realities around you but REFUSE to bow to your own negativity and doubt. Walking in the YES means you must SAY NO to much of the OLD YOU and say YES to the NEW you in Christ. Much like God did for the Israelite’s prior to the promise land, God wants you to experience the CHANGE IN THE PROCESS, not just after the blessings. Often for this process, you NEED TO SAY YES to His plan before even knowing the entire map or direction. Often the decision to YES, unleashes the confidence and joy of HIS WAY in your life.
Do you hesitate? Do you over process? Do you fear?
God has no chaos or confusion in His plans for you friend. He also will not SCOLD you when you return to Him. We must walk in the YES promises of the LORD to thrive in our faith. Can you say YES today?