Explanations for the “Know When to Change Course” Reading - Sunday, February 18th

Explanations for the “Know When to Change Course” Reading - Sunday, February 18th

My name is Ken Hart. Our church started providing Daily Devotionals at the end of 2014. It has my been my privilege to put them together over this time period and I am thankful for the opportunity to continue with this ministry as we go forward. The Devotionals run Monday through Friday. Back around Thanksgiving I started posting stories on holidays and weekends. Stories are a big part of my work world. I have been a hospice Chaplain for over 8 years and the people I care for relate very well to stories. Going forward for a while, I thought I would post some of these stories on Saturdays and share on Sundays how I apply them to those I care for. The kind of needs I address day after day are universal and I am confident that the things I share on weekends will be helpful to everyone. This sharing coupled with the weekday Devotionals will give us something to relate to every day of each week.

Yesterday’s post is the sixth story I use in my work that I wanted to tell you about. A light house doesn’t move out of the way for a ship, does it. Rather, the ship must move out of the way of the light house. Now, people everywhere are drawn to light houses. In the settings in which we find them, they are particularly beautiful and appealing. However, the point of the light house shining its light is so that ships will avoid the location of the light house. The light house light shines to show ships what to avoid, the dangerous area around the light house. Without the light of the light house ships would crash on the rocks in stormy weather.

There is so much in life that this story speaks to. God is like the lighthouse. However, he shines his light for us not just to keep us from crashing on the rocks but to show us the right way to go as well. Like, the captain of the battleship, we often misinterpret his light. We easily miss the protective nature of the light he shines on our lives because of our suspicion that to heed it would to be to miss out. We often miss the guidance of his light because we mistakenly think we are wise enough to go it alone. This is why we frequently get off course and sometimes even crash on the rocks.

Whether we are off course or have crashed on the rocks because we have not needed God’s light, he is ready and waiting to set our lives straight. Truly, we need to say to God, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Through the intervention of the light of his Word and the illumination of his spirit, he will bring about for us life as it was meant to be. Sometimes life as it was meant to be includes experiences with things that are difficult and painful. Somehow, we instinctively know we need God’s peace, comfort, and strength in the midst of trials. But perhaps we need to start with peace with God before we can fully receive the peace of God. Peace with God comes through forgiveness in Christ. This kind of peace sets things right and makes us feel totally at home with God’s will and his ways. Remember, it is our course that needs to be adjusted and not the course God has for us.

Once again we see the workings of faith in God. As a hospice Chaplain I consistently talk about faith in two ways. First, faith is the assurance that God loves us and is with us in Spirit every moment of every day he gives to us and is always helping us get through life in the best way possible. In whatever we face, God majors on producing in us a great sense of well-being by providing the peace and comfort of his presence. Second, faith is the assurance that in addition to his being with us in Spirit while we are here, we will be with him forever in Heaven someday when he is ready for us and says, “come on home.” These assurances are a great source of peace and comfort for us, but all of this comes to us because we have first experienced peace with God through forgiveness in Christ.

The stories I share with the people I visit, allow me to share again and again this two-fold understanding of faith from different angles. Each week I will share them with you and it is my hope that the lessons of faith gained from them will bless your life in special ways.

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