Find yourself among your words, and actions as you walk through life. It might be slightly easier if I had a Garmin for my life. I will be honest that when I don't know where I am traveling to I pull out my Garmin, and map the address then let that great little device do the rest of the work. Crisis averted.
"Seek His path in all you do, and He will show you which path to take." (Proverbs 3:6 ESV)
Now, how much easier would be my life if it had a Garmin? Lots. Think of when you come to a crossroads in your life and don't know which path to take. You whip our your trusty tool, and it says "Turn right at the crossroads, and proceed 3 years." You say to yourself, "Great," and proceed on with you life. Even when you are approached with a dilemma this trustily little tool is there to aid you.
Garmin for Life
This may sound odd at first to understand, but I can assure you that this little device actually exists. Let me tell you about this handily "Garmin for Life". It never runs out of batteries, or needs to be charged. You don't ever have to update it with current information, and best of all it never turns off, which means that it's giving you the best information all of the time. Though despite all the great things about it very few people use it. This handy tool I am talking about is the Bible. The Bible is your Garmin for Life.
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (Matthew 7:13-14 NIV)
When I get lost the only thing that can get me back on the right path is either asking for directions, or having a map to where I should be. I can use the markings on the road to get my bearings, but ultimately it is the map that will guide me to my destination. The Bible is more than a book we read on Sunday, it is the Word of God. It is the guide we must use in order to walk the path successfully without getting lost, and even when we do get lost our best hope in finding our direction again is not to do it alone, but to consult our map.
The road is narrow, and hard to walk, but we don't walk it alone. There is not too much more that I can say on the subject of the narrow road that wouldn't repetitious, but I want to tell you to keep walking. The way may be hard, but it's rewarding. Don't let the struggles of this world tear you down, but let them strengthen you so that you can hear Him more clearly each day. God speaks to us best in our pain, because it is the only time we are truly listening for His words.
Prayer for Struggle
Here is a prayer about not only asking for renewal in the midst of a struggle, but about asking to endure the struggle, not to be released from it. Sometimes even I pray to be relieved of the pain, when I should be praying for strength so that I can grow from it.
Lord, I come before you. Your servant's heart has been bruised and broken by this world, and the pain is too much to bear alone. In Your abounding love You saved me, and brought me back to You. Thank you, Lord! You didn't forget your servant even when he wasn't walking with You, and I know You haven't forgotten me now. Renew me, oh Lord, not so that this struggle may be lifted from me, but so that I might be Your light to others that need you. I pray these things in the name of Your Son, and Our Lord. Amen!