“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
–Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
About a week ago, as you may have read, my husband Tim and I got to visit Disney’s California Adventure park in California. I’m not sure how easy it is to get around this park, but we learned from our past experience at Disneyland that it would probably be difficult for two blind people.
Besides avoiding crowded areas, there are lots of little nooks and crannies, with benches and shops or restaurants, which could be challenging. And of course, attraction lines are fun to navigate, with all their twists and turns. Just getting from one ride to another can take quite a while if you can’t see where you’re going or how to get there. So Tim and I prayed that God would help us get around.
Fortunately, God provided lots of help for us. Since California Adventure isn’t quite as well-attended as Disneyland, and we visited on the day after Halloween, the crowds in the park were pretty light. Best of all, many cast members (also known as Disney employees) took the time to help us through lines and onto and off of each ride. Some cast members even left their posts to help us find a certain ride, shop or restaurant. We really enjoyed meeting these great people, and they truly did a wonderful job assisting us.
I believe you can glean two important points from this story. Chaplain Tim and I have been highlighting the first point for a while, but it really can’t be stated too many times. God is more than willing, and definitely able, to guide you through whatever adventures and problems life throws at you.
God is always ready to listen to your prayers and talk with you, just as the Disney cast members were always ready to help us out. Sometimes God’s answer to prayer or solution to a problem won’t come right away, but He has promised to work things out in His own time, and according to His will.
Of course, while you’re traveling with somebody it’s a good idea to talk with them and get to know them a bit. In the case of our story, Tim and I found out how genuinely friendly the Disney cast members were, and how much they wanted to make our day go a little more smoothly.
God really wants to do the same thing throughout your own life. So if you already know Him, try to take a little time each day to read the Bible, pray to Him, and draw closer to Him. If you don’t know Him yet, I pray you will do some studying in His word, and humbly ask Him into your heart and your life.
I truly hope you will learn to know and love God intimately, and I pray you’ll give God the chance to be your life-long guide as you travel through thick and thin in this world. God doesn’t promise the road of life will be an easy one, but with God leading the way, you’re in for one exciting ride after another.
Thank you for reading this, and may the Lord give you a wonderful week! We are trying to reach people who are hurting, so if God lays it on your heart, please consider becoming a partner with us. If you would like to make a donation, please visit www.hcmachaplains.org and click on the Donate Now link. You can also send donations by mail to HCMA (Healthcare Chaplains Ministry Association). Our ID number is 560. The address is 377 E. Chapman Ave., Suite 260, Placentia, CA 92870.
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