How fun! My niece, Ali, is reading through the Bible with us this year and I asked her if she wanted to be a guest blogger. We live a couple of thousand miles away from each other but we’ve been able to share this journey through the Bible last year and this year. At a time that I was pretty discouraged about my whole blogging experience, God used Ali to encourage me. (He does that just when I need it.)
It has been awesome to see the incredible ‘magic’ God has been able to do in Ali’s life as she has been seriously opening her mind and heart to His word.
Today we read about Balaam’s donkey and here are Ali’s thoughts on this part of God’s word to us:
“Today, as I read about Balaam’s Donkey, I see that when we seem to be going in the right direction, there just might be a path to which we SHOULD REALLY be going. There are things that keep us from seeing this path, such as fear, in this case – being made a fool, or that ever so daunting thought of FAILURE! But as stubborn as we may be to see the path that God really wants us to go, he is as adamant about getting us back on track with patience.”
And I say Amen to that! If we are sensitive to God’s leading, he will definitely tell us when we are on the wrong path. I had the experience one time of God saying just those exact words to me, “You are on the wrong path.” After a lot of praying and meditating on his word, I realized my priorities were all messed up and they needed to change. Not an easy thing to do but very worth it.
It’s also funny that we all fear failure yet we all do it! We have all failed and we will do it again. So why be afraid? It’s going to happen. We just need to get good at failing. I have learned that, if I learn something from my failure, I get to call it a ‘life experience’. It’s no longer a failure.
So let’s rename our failures and listen closely for God’s direction to make sure we’re on the right path.
Thank you, dear Father!