different roads together

 On March the 20th, I wrote “Walking by Faith“:

At this time in my life, I’m not sure where I am heading… but I do know I am heading in the right direction.  God has restored a lot in my life.  The stirring in my soul is difficult… yet I know it isn’t being stirred without a real purpose.  I’m excited about it all.

I was introduced to this “road” metaphor by Brad Martin.  Brad was my pastor at The Church at Woodland.  This one metaphor has helped me view life from such a different perspective that has breathed life and hope into my being.  Thanks Brad!

I was reading this morning and this all started coming to mind.  As believers… followers… Christ imitators, we are all heading in the same direction following different roads.  The mental picture that came to mind was an old WWII map from a movie I can’t recall the name of.  But the thought of being in the same military fighting the same fight on different fronts looking for the same outcome… VICTORY over the enemy. 

Just a week or two prior to my decision to follow Christ at that KISS concert – a friend of mine in high school named Derrick once again came into my life to talk about Jesus.  I was at the high school playing basketball.  I hurt my back somehow and was assisted to the bench.  Shortly after that Derrick walks into the gym.  We talked and he asked why was I sitting and not playing.  I told him about my back.  He asked, “Do you think God can heal you?”  I humored him and said sure.  He prayed for me.  My back was healed.  This was strange as I had to be helped to the bench… after praying I could walk without any pain! 

My friend Key was there… when he saw I was OK he asked if Derrick prayed for me or something… I said yes.  We laughed about it for a moment or two.  But today I still remember it.  Just a couple of weeks later Key and I started a new journey.  Different roads – different experiences along the way. Different roads together – looking for the same outcome – VICTORY over the enemy.

Let’s not miss the opportunities that are before us and do something radical like pray for healing, help someone in need, etc… take a step of faith and see how lives can be radically changed.  Remember the words of James, “For you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith.  Faith that doesn’t show itself by good deeds is no faith at all – it is dead and useless.” James 2:17, NLT.

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