I got stuck in the icy slush on my driveway last week. There I sat spinning my wheels. I could not move forward. I could not pull out. Part of my van was still in the road. I sat there listening to my tires spin, not sure what to do. I realized I could not leave my van in that spot, even though MOST of it was in the driveway.
Welcome to the parable of my life right now. I've been spinning my wheels lately and not going very far. I'm not interested in going back, but I don't seem to be making much progress moving forward. I have this head knowledge of Christ's love for me that somehow has a hard time penetrating my heart. While the gift of His love is free for all to receive it still costs something. I must spend time pursuing Him to know of this precious love....trying to do this during a time when I feel pulled in so many directions can be just like spinning the wheels on the icy driveway.
Well, I got out of my van and started to shovel away the ice that was in the way. It wasn't difficult, but it took me several attempts. And, I got a little messy. Sort of like how I need to clear away the things that hold me back from a more intimate relationship with Christ.
Interestingly enough, I was finally able to pull back out of the driveway and then on my next attempt I was ready. I pulled in from the other direction, gunned it and made it into the driveway. Perhaps in His infinite affections for us, He is the God of second chances (and, third, etc...) Who wants us to back up and evaluate where we went wrong, so we don't go there again.
But, He doesn't leave us stuck there.
I don't know about you, but I want to live each day in complete and total submission of His will. I'll only know what that is if I spend the time getting to know Him better.