Trying to navigate the Christan life with a truck load of conditions and expectations in your heart is a bit like trying to take an S curve in the Ozark Mountains with a double semi. When the curves get so wicked, narrow, and steep, something has to give. How much easier to navigate those curves in a two door Honda Civic or better yet, on a motorcycle with only necessities in your pack. Travel light!
We are not made to travel life's path with stipulations and conditions made for our own comfort, safety and ease. It's too large a load to carry. How much easier is it to say "yes" to God's will when we are untangled from our own plans and desires, when we haven't made a stipulation on Him that we must at all times be well dressed, well fed, well rested, well respected, received with admiration by our friends, respected by our neighbors, with money in our accounts, well traveled, educated in the best schools, and a brightly laid out plan for our future. When we demand our life to be exciting, in line with the culture, free, and full of our own pursuits, we are in great danger of forfeiting His plans for us. What a dreadful trade that is! It reminds me of this: John 2 :16 All the things the world can offer you-the allure of pleasure, the passion to have things, and the pompous sense of superiority-do not come from the Father. These are the rotten fruits of the world. This corrupt world is already wasting away, as are it's selfish desires. But the person really doing God's will-that person will never cease to be.
My thoughts sweetly shook me today and my prayers are forming anew. If He asks something hard of us, it's best to jump right in. In His plans lay hidden our greatest moments and best pleasures, though we may have to endure secret hardship mingled with our reward.
So, in my words I lay bare some of my struggles and triumphs! And if I sound like I jumped right out of the 1800's today, it is because I have been reading Stepping Heavenward, by Elizabeth Prentiss and now my thoughts are all in Elizabethan English today (grinning). But, I'm sure that will straighten out soon as I am almost to the end of the book and because I share a home with teenagers! :)