Go North!

“Finally ADONAI said to me, ‘You have been going around this mountain long enough!  Head north, and give this order to the people.'” (Deut. 2:2 CJB).

We circle the same problems, the same bad relationships, even the same places in a continuous circle to nowhere.  Addiction and other behaviors trap us on a never-ending wheel that seems to speed up the more we resist.  Only God’s intervention can help us break the cycles that lead us to spiritual death.  The only way to move on is to head in another direction.

We know what it is like to hold on to people, places, and things that weigh us down.  No matter how hard we try to swim away, the anchor of pain and regret refuses to let us go.  We look up to God and cry out, “Help me Lord, for I am drowning!”  Left to our own devices, life’s challenges appear too overwhelming.  And so, we continue to circle a mountain of despair.

“Enough!” cries God, “You have circled this craziness long enough!  Free yourself and follow me.”  And hearing the promise of the Divine Presence, we find the courage to forge a new path; a new way of being in the world.  We learned all the lessons possible on this journey, and so we step out in faith to rediscover dreams that once seemed impossible to achieve.  With each step, we become aware that with God, all things are indeed possible.

Today I will try to break free of the troubles that keep me from rising to my highest potential and embrace sacred arms which point me in the right direction.  Each day I am given a chance to reclaim my relationship with God and move away from the circles and spirals of despair.  Holy light illumines my path, and the grace of the One Most High guides me in the right direction.  He, the Almighty leads, and I follow. And so equipped with the love of God, I head North.

Published by joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belen in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

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