Saturday, October 11, 2014

Day 284- A Mixed Up First

Today, the family and I went and did a corn maze for my "first."

We found out about a place that had a corn maze, zip line, and a few other things about an hour and a half from here.  Laura and I have never went through a corn maze. The kids have done one before, but they said it was much smaller than the one we did today.  If you have never done a corn maze, it is a maze cut out in a corn field that you have to find your way through. Of course, there are dead ends and you get confused and wonder if you will live in the corn field the rest of your life. It is not that bad, but it did take a while to get through the maze.  We spend about an hour in the maze. The good thing was that about halfway through there was a cooler with some water in it. It tasted really good when we got to it.

With four of us trying to figure this out, we let Hannah Grace and Joel take turns choosing which way to go when faced with a fork in the row.  The parents held the right that they could intervene at any time and make a decision if they felt the situation warranted it.  It hardly ever did.  It was fun wandering around a corn field and working together to try to find our way out. We also had fun with the zip line, some mini-golf, and tether ball.  The tether ball game got pretty intense at times. Hannah Grace and Joel really enjoyed taking on their Daddy, but found out they were still a bit young to take him yet. It was a really fun family day.

The thing I thought about as I reflected on the corn maze was that you just did not know where the next turn was taking you.  It might look like it was going the way you wanted, but then it would curve and go a different direction.  Of course, you could not see through or over the corn to know where to go.  So, you are pretty much guessing at where the next turn will lead you.  I was reminded of the importance of letting the Holy Spirit lead us in life. We don't know what tomorrow will bring. We don't know where our decisions today will lead us tomorrow.  It might look like something really beneficial, but none of us can predict our health, emotional well-being, job market, stock market, future of a company, and so many other things.  This is why the Bible says in Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths."  God knows what is around the next bend.  He knows where our decisions today will lead us tomorrow.  I am understanding more and more how important even the small decisions of life can be and the impact they can have.  I need God involved in and making the decisions of my life.  If I truly believe He is good, wise, and kind then I should want Him leading my life. 

Now, why do I crave popcorn tonight?

Walking around in the abundant life

3 things I thank God for today
1. He wants to lead us
2. Corn
3. Fun birthday parties

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