“Picture in your mind a tall ladder leaning against a wall. Now think about your life as a process of climbing that ladder. Wouldn’t it be a tragedy to ascend to the top and find you had placed the ladder against the wrong wall? One life to live, and you missed it!”
When I first read this paragraph from Experiencing God many years ago, it startled me. I’m a very goal oriented person so I was definitely climbing a ladder. The thought that I could be climbing the wrong ladder caused me a lot of concern. The fact that I could work so hard to get somewhere I didn’t want to be caused me to stop. And seriously reconsider my priorities.
“Your walk with God (Father, Son, and Spirit) is the single most important aspect of your life. If it is not as it should be, nothing else will function properly.”
“Scripture leads us to understand that God is saying, ‘ I want you to love Me above everything else. When you are in a relationship of love with Me, you have everything there is.’ To be loved by God is the highest relationship, the greatest achievement,and the noblest position in life.”
God used these words from Experiencing God to help redirect my life onto the right ladder. At that time I thought my success was going to come from my career. God helped me understand that any success I would ever have – then and now – would come through my relationship with him.
With him, everything else happens as it should, according to his will and his plan.
Without him, I was just working very hard and sacrificing too much as I climbed up the wrong ladder.
I am going through the Experiencing God study again – for the 4th time, many years later – with my small group and I am filled with gratitude to my Father God. He got my attention and brought his truth into my life at just the right time so I could switch ladders. I am 100% confident that I’m now on the right ladder, the right path.
And this path going to take me all the way home, where my heart is.
Thank you, Abba Father.