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“Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV)
Since beginning our minimizing journey a few years ago, my family and I have learned to value experiences above physical possessions. For example, we are far more inclined to visit a garden, hiking trail, or waterfall than we are to spend money buying things. We are also learning to be far more accepting of life’s ebb and flow because we understand more fully that happenstance and coincidence are not in God’s vocabulary, and everything that touches our lives has passed through His hand first.
So, what if we lived our lives with no thought of tomorrow? Isn’t this the way Jesus lived His? He either went out and prayed all night long or started praying very early in the day, seeking God’s will and direction. Just as God provided manna on a daily basis for the Israelites in the wilderness, He gave Jesus daily instructions for each day of life.
Jesus allowed nothing to stand in the way of the continual spontaneity of His Father’s orchestration. Nothing dictated His days, hours, and moments except His Father’s guidance. What if we allowed Jesus to renew our minds and convince us into living our lives just this way?
Recently, as I was praying, seeking Him with my whole heart, the Lord brought this thought to my mind,
“Look at life as an adventure, with Me as your tour guide.”
I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “adventure,” I suddenly feel a sense of eager excitement. Who doesn’t love an adventure, right? I never thought of viewing life that way.
As I have been carefully considering His words, I started thinking about different tourist places we have visited through the years, and how we would, without worry or care, put our tour/adventure in the hands of an experienced tour guide. We would never have thought of trying to navigate ourselves, because we were totally unfamiliar with the area, special sites, pitfalls, etc. So, we would get on the bus, tram, horse-drawn carriage, or whatever other means of transportation, and we would listen to the things the tour guide would point out. We would trust him/her to lead the way and keep us on the right track. We trusted in the tour guide’s experience and knew it would be the means of making our first-time adventure as enriched as it possibly could be. We never one time doubted the tour guide’s assessment, factual accuracy, or advice because it was understood that he/she possessed a familiarity with the area that we knew nothing about. How ridiculous and absurd it would have been to snatch the reins from our tour guide and attempt to guide the tour ourselves! I hate to think where we would have ended up. The tour guide obviously lived in the area or spent enough time there to become personally familiar and comfortable educating tourists who were just passing through.
“Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.” Psalm 139:16 (CSB)
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 (ESV)
Here are five basic suggestions for optimizing this “tour” called life.
#1. Acknowledge your need for a tour guide.
“I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.” Jeremiah 10:23 (ESV)
#2. Trust the tour guide.
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)
“And He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 (ESV)
“Nevertheless, I am continually with You; You hold my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward, You will receive me to glory.” Psalm 73:23-24 (ESV)
#3. Relax, knowing you will always be told what to do.
“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21 (ESV)
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8 (ESV)
“The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23 (NLT)
“Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17 (ESV)
“For You are my rock and my fortress; and for Your name’s sake You lead me and guide me.” Psalm 31:3 (ESV)
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26 (ESV)
#4. Follow the tour guide’s instructions.
“To him, the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear His voice, and He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out. When He has brought out all His own, He goes before them, and the sheep follow Him, for they know His voice.” John 10:3-4 (ESV)
“He leads the humble in what is right and teaches the humble His way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.” Psalm 25:9-10 (ESV)
#5. Enjoy the adventure!
Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 (KJV)
“Who is the man who fears the Lord? Him will He instruct in the way that He should choose. His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land. The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He makes known to them His covenant. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.” Psalm 25:12-15 (ESV)
“For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 (ESV)
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)