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Aug 03

The Merry-Go-Round; Talking Heart2Heart

Life on a Merry-Go-Round will end negatively because of the speed...

Life on a Merry-Go-Round will end negatively because of the speed…

The Merry-Go-Round is a ride that many enjoyed during childhood, but also known to make you dizzy because of the speed. Living life at the speed of a merry-go-round ride can make you dizzy as well. It’s symbolic to the way many live their lives. Some live for the moment, not giving any thought to how today’s decision affects the outcome of next month. This happens when your sights are put on the daily whirlwind of distractions that can blind side you before you are aware of it. Even during these times, God will send someone to help you get off of that merry-go-round ride of life. If you humble yourself, and accept the help to arrest that impulsive spirit you can be freed from your (Egypt) bondage. Bondage is anything that controls your life with an inevitable outcome of disaster.

The Merry-Go-Round reminds me of a story in the bible about the children of Israel. Moses was chosen by God to lead them out of (Egypt) bondage. God not only freed them, but they left Egypt with silver, gold, and health. These people had been slaves all their lives but walked out of bondage as Kings and Priests. God instantly changed their status. What a Mighty God!

Moses, the Chosen one to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt...

Moses, the Chosen one to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt…

As Moses followed God, the people were to follow him and trust God. Exodus 33:14 “The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” They left Egypt on a high note of singing and praising, but before long they were complaining. God delivered them from the hands of Pharaoh by splitting the Red Sea. They walked through as God held back the massive ocean waters without one fish losing its life in the process. Isaiah 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, the will not sweep over you.”

This wasn’t enough for these people, then

This time Moses disobeys God, and he strikes the rock instead of speaking to it as commanded...

This time Moses disobeys God, and he strikes the rock instead of speaking to it as commanded…

God sent (manna) food from heaven. Numbers 14:27 “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which  they murmur against me.” They would praise him once again after seeing the move of God, but still they had NO faith. This time God instructed Moses to speak to the rock and water would come forth. But Moses allowed this ungrateful group of people to frustrate him, and he disobeyed God and struck the rock. Because Moses disobeyed God he would never be allowed to walk into the promise land.

The journey was a short one, but they were on a merry-go-round and round and round they went for 40 years. Numbers 14:22-23 “Because all  those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice; Surely they shall not see the land which I aware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:”

Even though the journey was an eleven day trip, they made the choice to hop on the merry-go-round and round and round they continued to go. Their disobedience kept them on that merry-go-round, so they continued to travel in circles for 40 years. Many of you are on a merry-go-round in your life today because you refuse to obey the will that God has for your life. Jeremiah 29:11”For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

God has chosen someone to minister, support, help, advise, and lead you out of your (Egypt). Your Egypt may be a relationship, friendship, choices, impulsiveness, carelessness, reckless behavior, or your attitude. It could be anything that causes you to reject and/or disobey God. Luke 10:16 “The person who listens to you listens to Me. Whoever rejects you rejects Me. And whoever rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.” God has a plan for each and everyone, and that plan was ordained for you. But the plan will be given unto a willing and submissive spirit.

gods plan to youIf you fail to follow Gods’ plan, you will end up just like the children of Israel. You will be on the merry-go-round until you are exhausted, but you won’t reach your appointed destination. The first generation of the Israel children died and never saw the promise land because of their disobedience. They never reached the appointed destination God gave unto them.

God opens doors for you, and he makes a way out of no way as he did for the children of Israel, yet you continue to reject him by doing things your way. Romans 9:16 “So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.” God sends different ones to help you, encourage you, advise you and even instruct you. But you insist that you know what’s best, so you make your decision based on your knowledge. But your inexperience is real, and your decision back fires on you. Now you have to crawl back to the very one God sent to you. Proverbs 4:7-8 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.”

Even if you feel you have the right to make your own decision, just know the outcome of that decision will affect others. So is it fair to others to suffer the affect caused by an immature, impulsive, know-it-all person? The answer is NO. Why should someone come to your rescue when you ignored their advice and insisted doing things your way? When your decision comes back and smacks you in the face, you should stand their and take it. Until you face your demons which very often resides inside, you will continue to fall on your face.

No one knows everything, so remain teachable and learn from others. Proverbs 4:10 “Hear, O my son/daughter, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.” Many reach success upon the back of other successful people. Proverbs 4:20-21 “My son/daughter, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.”

Learning the ways of a successful person is stepping stones of guidance for you, or a direct path. But if you are one, who refuses to receive wisdom, guidance, or advice from one who has experienced life, you most likely will be spending time on the merry-go-round in life. Don’t be that person going around and round the same mountain in life, yet you expect to reach your destination successfully. Everyone needs help on this journey called life, so don’t reject help from someone with a sincere heart. A support system is a blessing to have, so be grateful to the blessings in your life.

You can finally get off that merry-go-round of chaos and enjoy the FREEDOM by following God’s plan.

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