Word 4 Today December 3, 2011

A BRAND-NEW START

I am sure you all know the story of Alice in Wonderland.  Alice was chasing the White Rabbit and got lost.  Shortly thereafter, she came upon a Cheshire cat and asked the cat, “Would you please tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the cat.  “I don’t much care where,” said Alice.  “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the cat.  “So long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.  “Oh you’re sure to do that,” said the cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

Vast majorities of people live much like Alice—lost, searching for direction, and anxiously awaiting someone to lead them somewhere.  In the past, my own dilemma was much like Alice’s.  I knew I was lost and needed direction, but I really didn’t care or know where I wanted to go or how I was going to get there; I just knew I wanted to go somewhere.  I started walking in the direction the Cheshire cat suggested I go, which always led me into places I really didn’t want to be. 

My life changed dramatically when I stopped listening to the cat and started listening to God.  He showed me a new direction, one filled with promise and hope, and I finally realized that God gave me a fantastic destination, accompanied by clear guidance and direction on how to get there.  He gave me purpose and meaning and provided me with the joy of His presence, His peace, and prosperity all along the way. 

In the story, the Cheshire cat was very vague, unclear, and totally useless, pretty much allowing Alice to find her own way.  God, on the other hand, is perfectly specific. 

For me to learn anything, it has to make sense, and I must ask if what’s being taught is accurate and free from error, clear and easily understood, and practical or useful.  Are the Cheshire cats of this society and what they have been teaching free from error, easily understood, and useful?  One thing you can always be assured of is that God’s word is always free from error, easily understood, and useful.

Are you lost?  Do you need direction?  Are you looking for a better way?  Well, remember God loves you and the cat doesn’t care.  Show me Your ways,O Lord; teach me Your paths.  Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day” (Ps. 25:4-5).

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, I’m lost and need direction, and I am looking for a better way.  Remind me how much You love me and how little the cat really cares.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

The answer to a life filled with meaning and purpose is the same as the question.  Will you trust God or a cat?

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