Those that are from New Orleans take a drive with me in your imagination down St. Charles. Such a beautiful scenery St. Charles Avenue provides. Coming from Carrolton driving toward the city you have the park, Tulane, churches, and just grandiose house right after each other. Now if you been on this road you can relate with me in the beauty of this avenue. or maybe not One thing we can agree on is: you must drive cautiously to avoid the holes and cracks. I mean don’t get me started on the side streets, Washington or Louisiana. If your not careful, you will bottom out or destroy a strut. Now, in my opinion what truly makes this road beautiful are all the live oak trees. They provide a majestic shade to the excruciating heat that plagues New Orleans’ summertime. But I’m digressing. At the end of the day, St. Charles is just a path cars take to the city. Sure, I could talk about other streets that lead to the city, but St. Charles is my favorite. With China approaching fast, it’s starting to become no longer a dream but reality I’m almost there!! I’m reminded of one of my favorite poems, The Road not taken. The ending is so serene:
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.” — Robert Frost
…I’m a Christian that has no freaking clue where the Lord is leading me!! Okay this path is going through China, but after that it’s blank. What the freak!! I mean come on Big Man give me some clue!! Who here would love to know the future?! If you said yes, then you ain’t alone! I mean, who wouldn’t love to know what’s their destination He has in store. Where do I finally reach the horizon? Funny thing is the horizon never ends hahaha Now, even though I’m a Christian, I too worry, question Him, think: Is this the right path? Can I truly trust him guiding my life? Let’s see….anxiety over the future & stoner vs. worry about future & child of God….yeah second choice seems better. Now I’m sure one would think and advise, “You can worry about the future and not follow God. Or shoot follow God, but not to China.” My readers, I write that because I have wrestled with those and these exact thoughts: Why follow God? Why go to China cuz “He” says so? Bruh why not?! Listen to what John writes:
“You do not want to leave too, do you? Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God” John 6:67-69
I mean the Creator of this earth the cosmos, the universe, animals, people!! has given me the opportunity to go to China. I have zero strings to hold me down, so why not obey and take a leap of faith. Like Peter puts it: “to whom shall we go?” I mean to think this is coming from the same mouth that the reason he was following Jesus was Jesus said, “Come, follow me and I will send you out to fish for people.” Matthew 4:20 says, Ha! 4:20 gets me every time. “At once they left their nets and followed him.” [explosion sound] It only took that for Peter to follow??
At the end of the day, He won’t tell you the destination, but He’ll show you the next couple of steps until you get to the bend. We just got take the leap of faith and leave the rest to the Big man upstairs. My friend told me today: “He’s always working for our good” And that’s the dam truth! It’s so hard to see, but you can’t tell me after the breakup or the misfortune healing doesn’t comes into play. Allow Him to heal you. The Holy Spirit managed to type out the peace I needed to hear about China…Ain’t the Trinity cool yall?!
I close with this:
“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. ” – Jeremiah 6:16
Isn’t that deep down what we long for: Rest for our souls?