Saturday, May 6, 2017

Here, There and Everywhere!

Here, There and Everywhere!
Yesterday, Austin....today, Frisco! An old song I remember went like this "Where He leads me, I will follow; where He leads me, I will follow. Where He leads me, I will follow. I'll go with Him all the way."

That really is my prayer, and His leading me has sure taken me on the road A LOT, for the last several months. The Wallace's Speech and Debate tournaments were at Concordia University in Austin last week. How handy it was to stay with Ryan and Shawntel who live just a short distance from there. Now, we're back in Frisco, and Ryan and Shawntel and the boys drove up to be here for the next couple of days because Brennan (their 12-year old) has baseball tournaments here. How crazy is that? Of all the places we could be, as a family, we are either here or there. Of course it's no surprise to God, and neither should it be for us because if we place ourselves in His hands for leading and guiding us, then whether we go, or stay, we'll be exactly where we're supposed to be at any given time.

That's why we should never be surprised by surprises, or suddenlies, because God always has something up His sovereign sleeve. While at the speech and debate tournament, we ran into some surprises that could have taken us off center -- things that came up as somewhat negative and concerning. But, then when we stepped back to look at the bigger picture of what God wants to do in and through us, even the negatives can be used to bring honor to Him. Staci made the statement, "I'd rather that my kids learn from their challenges well -- even more than a trophy or special ranking. Even in the losing.....we learn, tweak and move forward with a fresh perspective." I loved that, because there were lessons to be learned, and victories to be won -- both Alexia and Payton qualified for Nationals. They'll be competing at the National level at St. Paul, MN in June.

Back to that song, "Where He leads me, I will follow" -- it's easy to say that when the roads are flat, wide and the speed limit is 80 mph (Yes, here in Texas, you'll find those stretches of high speed ability -- yikes!), and you think, "eazy peazy"! Then comes along those 2-lane, winding, bumpy and twisting roads, and speeds slowed down to 25 mph, it's still even in those times, God is using the bumps and the ups and downs to get us to His perfect plan for our lives. That's why, at the end of the day.....we just keep on keeping on, following Him -- wherever He leads!

God leads us and blesses us so that we may bless others by what we do, what we say and how we live for Him. Often life’s hardships, conflicts, and needless worries hinder us and we often may fail the test -- not because God is unable or willing to help us, but because we help ourselves too much. The true test of our sincerity and faith is demonstrated by our willingness to trust and obey Him, giving Him the free license to lead us. Since God knows the way through the wilderness and over the mountain -- we might as well stop trying to be the leader and let the ONE who knows the way -- lead. All we have to do is follow!