Walking in obedience to God’s leading

By Erika Rizkallah

More wisdom from old books for this Saturday night. The short excerpt is from Daily Strength for Daily Needs by Mary W. Tileston which I found at an estate sale. I just love old books filled with nuggets of truth — especially when they cost fifty cents!

daily wisdom book
Daily Strength for Daily Needs

We mustn’t be in a hurry to fix and choose our own lot; we must wait to be guided. We are led on, like the little children, by a way that we know not. It is a vain thought to flee from the work that God appoints us, for the sake of finding a greater blessing to our own souls; as if we could choose for ourselves where we shall find the fulness of the Divine Presence, instead of seeking it where alone it is to be found, in loving obedience. ~ George Eliot

          walking like the little children

I must admit I’m not used to seeing fulness spelled without a double “L” so I looked it up to make sure it was correct. The strength of one of the definitions got my attention.

Fullness: The state of being complete or whole.

I picture Jesus walking toward Golgotha (the site of his crucifixion) and staggering under the weight of his cross. The thought of it – being obedient like that – makes me want to take off. Then I realize Jesus was not only walking to the place of his death, but toward the fullness of the Divine Presence.

If I call myself a disciple I must allow myself to be guided, even when every fiber of my being says flee.

Your Turn: How hard or easy is it for you to wait for God’s leading?

Still Dreaming? This book will move you!

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney

When I mentioned my struggle about dreams to my close friend Terri she instantly shot back, “What about your guy? That author who wrote that dream book you love so much.” Her reminder was a gift from God.

When I said, “This book will move you!” I meant it. It inspired me to pursue my dream of moving from my hometown in the Washington DC area to the beaches of North Carolina. The book is Wide Awake by Erwin Raphael McManus.

Wide Awake

I didn’t hesitate. I pulled it off my bookshelf and began reading immediately (again).

When I grow up I want to write like Erwin.

My take on the premise of the book is that God works his purpose in and through all of us, but we have to live wide awake – we have to dig deep to discover the potential lying within. One of my favorite chapters is about staying focused on the dream.

He writes, “If you don’t lock into the life God has called you to live, you will find yourself pulled and torn by everyone else’s desire and expectation for your life. . . If you do not develop the ability to say no to many important things, you’re going to lose the big yes of your life.”

Ain’t that the truth! This is where I have trouble – being pulled in different directions by others.

But here’s the amazing part. Midway through the book, God opened the door of opportunity to pursue one of my life’s dreams. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for 25 years but was starting to think it would never happen.

You know what? I took the opportunity. I’m in. I know it’s going to take loads of energy and faith to see it through, but I’m grateful for the chance to try.

God, if you read my blog, thank you for giving me a YES after all this time.

And of course, I would highly recommend this book if you’re looking to live wide awake too!

Your Turn: Do you have a delayed dream you’re praying about?