I’ve been driving since I was 16 years old, so like for 10 years….LOL! Seriously, I get weary from it, but in order to get where I need to go, it is a blessing that I fully accept. Life on the road is not easy. We drive distracted, tired, hurried, anxious and eager. We often forget that others are experiencing the same flurry of emotions as us. Our thoughts are going in a million different directions and if we are not careful, we can send the wrong message, as in turning on a left turn signal and then electing to go right. Similar to life, we may find ourselves traveling one path, only to be disrupted and thrust on a different journey. The question becomes, “Why does God allow such to happen?” Yet the question I really want to ask God is, “What’s in it for you when you allow such to happen?” Uh oh y’all, I’m going in. Sweet Baby Jesus, please let me return…
As children mature, so does perhaps the boldness of their questions. The same is true in our walk with Christ. As such, we must equally prepare for the response. I’ve been experiencing a season by which I’m asking God quite a lot, more specifically, the sophistication of my questioning has become more dynamic, likely as a result of the testing that is being reflected. Although God remains sovereign, and changes not, I believe the more difficult the season, the higher the propensity to experience more dimensions of who He is. God has granted us free will, and we are allowed to signal and elect to move in a path that we choose, but as it’s said, at the end of the day, God will ultimately determine our journey. This entire year, and we are in the last quarter, God has enacted right turns in my life, such to the extent, I inquired, “God, what’s in it for you?” The answer wasn’t deep, overly spiritual, and nothing moved nor was a resounding sound heard. The response was simple: “To give me glory.” I inquired further, “God haven’t I done that?” “I pray, I praise, I worship. I dance before you. I read your Word. I write, I blog, I encourage. I attend church and fellowship with others. I attempt to follow your will and walk upright before you.” I began to weep. God said, “Each of those practices serve as your preparation for going left, it is your signaling if you will. It is good and prepares you with the ability to handle and navigate through the right turns that I make in your life. Your capability to handle the right turns are a result and direct correlation of your left turn preparation. Everything you do for me will prepare you to accept everything I do for you. And while it may feel like a lot of work or even extra to prepare for something and be completely thrown off when it doesn’t work as you planned, my right is always more beneficial.” I was then reminded about Jesus being at the right hand of the father in Ephesians 1:20. The Holy Spirit then instructed me to think more broadly. I found 58 scriptures about the right hand of God. A few of my favorites:
You have a strong arm; Your hand is mighty, Your right hand is exalted.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.
You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness makes me great.
For by their own sword they did not possess the land, And their own arm did not save them, But Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your presence, For You favored them.
My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.
Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
Have you ever had a moment where God left you speechless? This was one of those times. What began as a question, resulted in silence, awe, astonishment and worship. Point of clarification, let us not be weary in well doing. Let us continue to do what we know, to do what brings God glory and as He desires, He may enact a few right turns along the way. As we remain under His covering and in relationship with Him, He will hold us together, be it a deliberate right turn, that is smooth with minor disruption, or the right turn with oncoming traffic that throws us and our contents to the other side. Through it all, God gets the glory. He holds us through the right turns, with His right hand.