173.1 Zigzagging Through Life

“Last summer,” Stan began, “when my wife and I were on a road trip in Oregon, we went through a little town called Zigzag.”

“Unusual name,” I replied.

“Yes,” Stan said, “and I stopped and took a picture of the sign that said we were entering the town.”

“Why’d you do that?” I asked.

“A leading that will be clear in a minute,” he responded.

And then shifting directions, Stan continued, “The other day, we talked about the fellow with two names in the Book of Acts who was trying to keep the truth of the Gospel from his boss.”

“We did,” I responded.  “The focus was on watching out for ways people try to keep others from the truth.”

“That’s right,” Stan said, “and I have one more bit I would like to talk about regarding that two-named fellow.”

“Tell me what you have,” I replied.

“Saul, who was there with Barnabas, really unloaded on this fellow, telling him exactly what a low-life he thought he was.”

“Then,” Stan continued, “Saul, who began to be called Paul, asked him a question that the Holy Spirit asks me every single day.”

“What was that?” I asked.

“He said, ‘Will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?’”

“Why do you think the Holy Spirit asks you that?” I said.

“It has to do with that little town in Oregon,” Stan responded.  “I zigzag through life, never following God in the straight line He wants.”

“I zigzag here, and I zigzag there, depending on what I want to do without regard for how the Lord wants to lead me in a straight path.”

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But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze upon him and said, “You who are full of deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?”  Acts of the Apostles 13:9, 10.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for wanting me to walk with you in a straight path.  You know and I know how often I do not follow you as you want, but zigzag through this life you have given me.  Please, Lord, forgive all of that zigzagging.  And please open me to want to follow you on the straight path you intend, wherever that path may lead.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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