God's Hands


Are You Superstitious

by Dana Huffman:

As soon as I quit teaching school to be a writer my computer broke and my first thought was, "It's a sign. I'm doing the wrong thing." For a long time that was my natural response to challenges or obstacles on my life's journey. I didn't realize this until the day my husband called me "superstitious." I was offended by his remark. After all, I was a Christian. It didn't take me long to figure out though, that what he said was true. I was acting superstitiously. Webster's dictionary describes superstition as "a belief resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown" and "trust in magic or chanceā€¦" Christ followers are not to be ignorant or fearful. And we are not to trust in anything but the Lord. The bible says, "Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap." (Eccl. 11:4 NIV) This means that we will not accomplish what God intends for us to if we are letting the obstacles we see scare us out of moving forward. When my computer broke it was not a "sign." It was a test. A test to see if I would, despite the appearance of things, move forward and walk by faith. My faith legs were pretty wobbly as I began the life of a writer, but the Lord led me on anyway.

If God is calling you to a new life, or leading you to do a new thing, expect an obstacle. Then see it for what it is-- a test to see if your faith is real. You don't need a huge amount of faith to pass the test. Just use what little you've got to ignore the wind or the clouds or whatever is causing you to doubt. Then look to the Lord to lead you forward. He will.

It's what we trust in but don't yet see that keeps us going. Do you suppose a few ruts in the road or rocks on the path are going to stop us? 2 Corinthians 5:7 (The Message)

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