A friend and I, both beginners, were skiing with a group but we got separated because we weren't quite as fast. Those who went ahead of us were supposed to be taking us on another ski lift, up a little higher into the mountains. While separated the two of us ended up going on a ski lift that took us up to the very top of the mountain. As I rode up to the top I thought it seemed a little too high of a slope for a beginner. However, I was determined to keep going up. Ha! When we got to the top I saw a sign for a beginners slope so I decided to stay at the top. My friend told me she wasn't quite so comfortable and thought that maybe we should go back down. I sensed in my spirit that we should ride the lift back down. Warning: in case you didn't know this, I am stubborn. We were at the top so I thought we might as well ski to the bottom.
|My view as I sat on the mountain.|
It doesn't look that bad, but really...
Because of my foolish determination to ski in a place that I wasn't ready to handle skiing in, I made a mess of my experience. My friend got stuck. I was freaked out but still skiing. I ended up having to sit on the side of the mountain and wait for a while. I took my life into my own hands. I knew I shouldn't have gone up that mountain. I felt the Holy Spirit telling me not to do it. I did it anyway. I made a mess. We do the same thing in our own personal lives. We say we want to follow God's guidance. When we choose our own way we are really saying 'Hey, God I think I got it from here. I know how to handle my own life.' WRONG! We can't do it on our own. We need God's guidance. We need help from God. On our own we make a MESS of our life. Just like I made a mess of that trip up the mountain.
Are you struggling with something? Ask God for help. Then, listen to what He is saying. I promise you that life will go better that way. He really, truly, knows best. Just ask Him. :)
"Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don't try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he's the one who will keep you on track."
|Safely at the bottom of the mountain!!|