Leading Us Out and Guiding Us Back…

I woke up this morning with a couple of thoughts rolling around my heart. First, was the name of the new series kicking off at church tomorrow morning “Ezra: The Way Back”.  Second, I thought about mouse holes. I know this seems random but let me explain.

Years ago, as this prodigal daughter painfully made her way back to the Lord after running in the wrong direction for years, I sat down one morning during my quiet time and the image of being stuck inside a house with seemingly no way out came to mind.

During this same morning the Lord led me to 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

The part that struck me that particular morning and offered me hope was, first, that my circumstances were not unique. They were “common to man.” I was not alone. And, second, this verse gave me the assurance I needed that when I was tempted he would always provide a way out.

It’s as this point I remember seeing the image of me being stuck inside a house and, all of a sudden, my eyes (and my heart) came across the way out. I suddenly saw this little ray of light coming in through this small hole in the wall and I knew, right then, that would be the way out, that way would lead to the freedom I was desperately looking for!

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This morning, my quiet time took me to Hosea. It’s always funny when following His breadcrumbs lead me to small books of the Bible I’m not as familiar with…I always end up having to flip to the Table of Contents to help me find the page numbers. Anyways, here were the words I read this morning. They immediately made me think of the blog post I wrote last week called, “It Can Hurt Before it Heals”

“Come, let us return to the Lord.
For he has torn us,
and he will heal us;
he has wounded us,
and he will bind up our wounds.
He will revive us after two days,
and on the third day he will raise us up
so we can live in his presence.
Let us strive to know the Lord.
His appearance is as sure as the dawn.
He will come to us like the rain,
like the spring showers that water the land.” Hosea 6:1-3

As I meditated on these verses, the one that resonated most with me this morning was, “Let us strive to know the Lord.” Everything comes back and hinges on what we are striving for. These verses remind us that our goal and what we need to chase after more than anything else is “to know the Lord.”

Lord, there are lots of good things we can strive for in this life…but everything pales in comparison to this one. Lord, help us to desire this goal more than all the others. It’s this goal that always leads us out and guides us back to You.

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