It’s kind of funny. I was looking for an image to use for a blog idea “walking backwards”, because that is how I am feeling today (complicated). Anyway, I found this image and simply HAD to grab it and blog about it.
Most of us take many, many steps every single day without even casting a thought as to what we are stepping into, onto, or by. Sure, we are somewhat aware of our surroundings, but since most of our days are fairly routine, we tend to do most of our step taking almost by rote – subconsciously.
This sign really got me to thinking about our faith walk.
How many of us truly take the time to get to know our spiritual surroundings?
How many times do we walk right into an enemy trap matter-of-factually because we don’t “see” it?
Perhaps we feel safe and comfortable with the steps we have taken for so long that we tune out any possible pit-falls and keep marching ahead.
Or, conceivably we just don’t believe that they even exist on our journey because things have gone well for a while.
Naivety gets us nowhere fast – or should I say – it may get us somewhere very fast, depending upon how we may step . . . straight into one of those “deep shafts” this image portrays!
Maybe our eyes are so focused on how things were that we are daydreaming about them instead of paying attention to what lay ahead of us (right smack dab in front of us) on our path.
Whatever the reason, we blindly do not see it – we take the plunge. We trip, we slip, we stumble, and we tumble down, down, down . . . we hit bottom . . . wondering what in the world happened!
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 NIV
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” Matthew 7:15 NIV
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV
These are only a very few examples of the Lord’s reminding us that we must be mindful of our spiritual surroundings. Whenever we allow ourselves to let our guard down, even briefly, the enemy of our souls is quick to entice our feet to walk right into one of his traps! He is a sly, subtle ole’ fox . . . he has a way of making some of his traps not even look like anything dangerous at all. What may look like a tiny puddle could swallow a whole car – an example most of us can comprehend due to the flooding across our nation that we’ve observed on TV or even personally. The same principle applies spiritually. We MUST stay alert. We MUST have our hearts, minds, emotions focused solely upon the Lord. Fully following the guidance of Holy Spirit every moment of every day. If we change our focus onto ourselves, onto our perceptions of the ‘problems’ in our lives instead of on Him – how fast we can tumble!
How, do you ask, do we do this? It all boils down to a continuing, deeply rooted relationship with the Lord. Opening up your Bible – every day – not just on Sunday. Having the lines of communication always open with Him – be in prayer, praise, worship – and LISTENING ♦ for His guidance. It’s not about your being a church member. It’s not about how good you are. It’s not about giving to charity. No, those things are great, but it is about a heart to heart knowledge of your Savior as your Friend! It is taking time to crawl up on Abba (Daddy) Father’s lap from time to time, allowing Him to hold you and sharing with Him all of your cares and concerns – as well as speaking to Him of your love and gratitude for Who He IS in your life and all He has done and is doing.
As we keep our eyes on Jesus, He lights the way – His Word IS the lamp unto our feet and the light onto our path (Psalms 119:105). And . . . as we LISTEN ♦ Holy Spirit will directs our steps and we will be able to see the traps and avoid them!
© klh 4-Given Ministries