Navigating Through Life
Written by: Precious Ohanson It is no surprise that we were never meant to walk this life alone. We are companion and relationship driven. It is not our fault though, that is what our Creator had in mind for us.
I mean think about it, each of us is connected to someone else in one shape or form. Even if you only have one of these, we either have a sister, brother, mother, father, aunt, uncle, nephew, niece, or relative somewhere. No one just exist by themselves. Now this fulfils the physical part of us, what about the spiritual? Do we just exist by ourselves spiritually or are we also supposed to have another kind of relationship that fulfils our spirit as well? We have these wonderful people that God has placed in our lives to stand with us through thick and thin and they are the ones our tears hit their shoulders when we need them. They comfort, grieve, and mourn with us, likewise they also celebrate, laugh, and jubilate with us. However, how do we navigate the spiritual part of this thing called LIFE?
In the last few years, I have been doing something with my Christian friends, whether they are aware of it or not. I always like to ask questions that seem to be controversial, in which I know that based on the denomination of Christian you talk to, you might have different answers. It always boggled my mind that it tends to be a situation of “same Bible but different answers.” So, I wondered why we all had different answers to the same thing. Usually the questions I ask, are those that the Bible may not have expressly had a clear scripture about, but we tend to struggle with in our everyday lives. The truth is even in the unclear issues, the Bible does have answers for these things if we search scripture thoroughly. It just may not come in the form that we think. I realized that the answers to some of these questions came in the form of a person: the Holy Spirit.
When Jesus was leaving the disciples, he said, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak, and he will shew you things to come.”
My question is: why did Jesus feel like we needed a guide, a navigator or someone to lead us in our ways? Wasn’t the bible which contains the holy scriptures enough? Some of us Christians say that the Bible is a “manual for life.” Though this is true, we often still find ourselves in so many situations as expressed above, not knowing what to do or in deciphering ifsomething is wrong of right or in deciding regarding an issue in our Christian walk. The truth is, the HOLYSPIRIT is, was and will be our answer to all of life’s issues. Those things that we are unsure about, that we still cannot conclude on even after reading scripture can be given insight into through the Holy Spirit.
Many times, we as Christians judge our relationship with God based on how we feel we have been doing of late. Maybe we have been reading our Bible more or praying, for some reason we feel that our ranking in God’s eyes suddenly has gone up a couple of notches. Life as a Christian is not about just following a set of principles or doctrines that we think pleases the Father. Neither is it about ticking boxes of somethings we are expected to do as Christians. Our lives need to be an example of how Jesus lived. It is about following Jesus and living life that is radically different from the world. We would be equipped to live this life when we let the Holy Spirit lead our life in accordance to His Word.
Many of us control freaks know how difficult it is to surrender to the will of another; however, this is something I want to grow more in. Surrendering my will, thoughts, actions, desires, and opinions to the will of the Father and bringing every thought and imagination under His rule. Join me as we all continue to be molded and yielded to the Holy Spirit as He shows us the mind of the Father and what he has instore for us. I know it is glorious because He said, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29 vs 11 (NIV).