I could no longer hear the strains of my favorite Christian radio station clearly. This happens every time I drive the three and a half hours from our home in Hibbing, Minnesota to my parents’ home just south of St. Paul. I know there must be other stations along the route I take, but I don’t have the time to stop and find them, and I don’t have the ability to search for them while I am driving. The static eventually takes over the voices until I grow despondent and turn off the radio completely. There are times I find myself feeling this same way in my daily life. I wake up, read Scripture and praise the LORD for another day. I thank Him for the circumstances and challenges of that day, for his presence, and for all He provides to enrich me and equip me to glorify Him, and then I step into the day expecting Him to follow me wherever I go. I try to catch myself doing this and turn back to seek his guidance, but quite often I “journey” on expecting to pick Him up again at some point along my way. The longer the day, the less clearly I am able to hear Him, and just like my drive between Hibbing and the Twin Cities, I have a frantic feeling in my gut that I don’t have the time to stop what I am doing and tune into Him again. The feeling is even more despondent than I feel when I cannot listen to the music I want to hear, and I will admit I do fall into the trap of turning Him off and going it alone. Oh! Are those bad days. I end up lost and lose so much more to recover my bearings and find my way back on the right road. This reminds me of the fly. One time I was watching a slow motion clip of a bullet being shot, and in the middle of this clip an unfortunate fly found itself in the pathway of the bullet. The force of the bullet threw it into a spin. I believe my natural instinct in the same situation would be to flail and try to right myself, but this fly did something that has always stuck with me as extraordinary. The fly was thrown into a spin and showed signs of distress, then it suddenly stopped everything. God has equipped the body of a fly so that when it is in trouble, if it stops struggling, its body automatically rights itself. That is what this fly did. It stopped struggling to right itself, completely relaxed, and suddenly its body was righted and the fly was able to go on its way. Do you see where I am going with this little side story? The world is always telling us to tune into it. “Tune in to our music. Tune in to our television and movies. Tune in to our advertisements, our public addresses, our arguments, our chatter. If you don’t tune in to us, at least tune in to yourself. You’re fabulous, you’re worth it, you are in control. Make your own destiny; it’s yours for the making. You have the right to be happy in all things; have it your way.” There is so much static noise going on around us all the time! It can be overwhelming trying to keep tuned in to Jesus Christ when we are trying to follow Him; so, when we are off course expecting Him to follow us, we really find ourselves somersaulting out of control. Jesus said in the book of John, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” Today I’m going to stop and wait on the LORD in this verse, Colossians 2:6-8 “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” A little further in Colossians a line stands out for me, and it could be a result of listening to Christ Jesus, living in Him built up in the strength of faith and overflowing with thankfulness – Colossians 3:15 says “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.”
HOLY LORD, you are my inner balance. You are the station I want to stay tuned in to. Give me the wisdom and the power to remain focused on You, living in You, rooted and built up in You, strengthened in the faith I was taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. When the deceiver talks and hunts me like a wolf through the static noise of this world, bring me back into your peace. Thank you, LORD. I love You so much. Amen.