For if you choose self-sacrifice, giving up your lives for my glory, you will embark on a discovery of more and more of true life. But if you choose to keep your lives for yourselves, you will lose what you try to keep. Luke 9:24 TPT.
I’m reminded this morning that discovery takes place by looking for new things where you’ve not looked before. This can take place in different ways, but I’d like to share one experience where it happened to me.
I’ve always been the ‘designated’ driver. When Walt and I were dating, it quickly became obvious that driving made him tired. This was long before he’d been diagnosed with sleep apnea or began sleeping with a bi-pap machine. So I inserted myself behind the steering wheel anytime we went for a long drive anywhere.
In doing so, I was so focused on the road and driving, that I wasn’t always aware of things along the way. If someone else would be driving, I had to re-train myself to take my eyes off the road and look at the scenery. It was there that I began to discover places I wanted to visit or restaurants I’d like to try.
I get so focused on my destination that I forget to look for new things. When I read this verse, I heard the Lord say, “Let me drive so you can enjoy the scenery. There are things I want to show you today. Things that have been there all along, but your mind has been on other things. Don’t focus so much on the road you’re on that you miss what I’m trying to do in and through you on your journey.”
So I’m paying closer attention today. I’m watching for things I may have missed, locations, people, things God is trying to show me. I want to discover the plans and purposes of God, not for 5 years down the road, but for today alone.
I’m discovering that to be in control is just an illusion. Real control is complete surrender. Allowing God to insert Himself behind my steering wheel so that I can pay attention to opportunities He has for me, that is true discovery.
Enjoying the Ride,