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His Direction

As I drove to Sudbury last week, I was struck by the huge rock walls on both sides of the highway.  I have seen pictures of the blasting that happens in order to make way for highway upgrades – they are powerful explosions that demand your attention.   The image of blasting through the rock stayed with me.


On the way home from Sudbury, I drove south on the same highway.  This time, what stood out to me were the numerous Inukshuks built on the rock ledges on the side of the highway.  Inukshuk means: “likeness of a person.” It was first used by the Inuit people to mark trails, indicate caches of food, locate nearby settlements, and mark out good places to hunt or fish. In other words, the Inukshuk represented direction for shelter and food – the basics of life. When I saw these Inukshuks all along the highway,  I knew that God was speaking to me so I pulled over to the side of the road, got out of the car and took a picture.

All this got me thinking…my tendency is to blast through life.  I want to make big things happen, rather than allowing God to take the lead.  I think God works more like an Inukshuk…gently showing us the way. However, it’s easy to miss the Inukshuks – they do not demand attention –  you have to slow down and look for them.

As I was reflecting on all this, a song came on the radio.  Lacrae was singing about the same thing – how important it is to choose the background,  allowing God to take the lead.  Here are some of the words from “Background.”

I had a dream that I was captain of my soul.
I was master of my fate, lost control, and then I sank.
So I don’t want to take the lead
Cause I’m prone to make mistakes.
All these folks that follow me gon’ end up in the wrong place.
So, just let me shadow You, and just let me trace Your lines.
Matter of fact just take my pen.
Here, You create my rhymes.
Cause if I do this by myself I’m scared that I’ll succeed.
And no longer trust in You, cause I only trust in me.
And see, that’s how you end up headed to destruction.
Paving a road to nowhere. Pour your life out for nothing.
You pulled my card, I’m bluffing
You know what’s in my hand.
Me, I just roll to trust You, You cause the dice to land.
I’m in control of nothing. Follow You at any cost.
Some call it sovereign will, all I know is You the boss.
And man I’m so at ease. I’m so content.
I play the background like it’s an instrument.

I could play the background.
I could play the background.
Cause I know sometimes I get in the way.
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead, lead, lead.
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead, lead, lead.
And I can play the background, the background.
And You can take the lead.

These are powerful words. It is difficult to choose surrender, rather than control. I am so thankful that God continues to remind me of His love and sovereignty. This is truly what I desire in my life but letting go of control doesn’t come naturally for me.

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.  Isaiah 26:3

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  1. Kathy

    Well put and love the visual analogies. How true. Day by day…’s so easy and “natural” to grab the reins!!!

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