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1 Dec - Higher Ground

A few years ago, one of our lovely daughters and her friend discovered just how easy it is to wander off the right path and their desired destination. They'd been having a great time hiking in the national park and were heading back to their vehicle and home when things went array.

Nightfall was approaching rapidly, their phone batteries were running low, and it was getting cold, but the girls were having so much fun dancing and singing as they followed the track through the bush they failed to notice when they took a wrong turn. Still merrily hiking, they walked for an hour or so more only to discover they were not where they thought they were and now very lost. It was cold and getting darker every second, and they realised they'd hiked kilometres from their destination and couldn't possibly find their way out.

Our daughter quickly started listening to God speaking to her and His directions to head to higher ground and a clearing up ahead. This was when we received her call that yes, they were lost in the bush. The police and rescue services were called, and a search party was sent out, complete with the rescue helicopter.

Wisdom says when we face a hurdle or decision, whether that is being lost in the bush, not sure of which path to take is to do what the girls did. Get to the higher ground, and get there fast.

When you need to know which direction to go, it's important to take the time to stop, assess the hurdle and/or routes available and then look from heavens viewpoint - from above.

God always has directions and a means of both escape when we are in trouble and help for us to breakthrough. The key is to ask for assistance and guidance from above instead of struggling from below in our strength.

He wants us to come up out of the circumstances and see from His perspective. He will make it clear which direction to take and what to do, and how to do it as you seek Him and His way of doing things. (Matthew 6:33)

That, however, doesn't mean you can sit back and do nothing. The girls were still required to hike to higher ground even though they were hungry and tired. We don't just skip the hurdles in life; we learn how to go through them or navigate them if need be. And we still have to keep walking once we know the path because that's all part of the fun of the process of making us who we are created to be.

Today seek higher ground. Seek God and His way of doing life. It all becomes a lot clearer, and you're far less likely to get "lost in the bush".

However, if you do lose your way, call for help from heaven, and Jesus will shine His light and wisdom on you and your situation and send you the help and encouragement you need.

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1)

"Call to me, and I will answer you and show you great and unsearchable things you do not know". (Jeremiah 33:3)

"After this, I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this." (Revelation 4:1)

Prayer: Lord, thank you that you see everything and that when I seek you and your view from heavenly places, things become far clearer. Please help me today to see the path, the great things ahead and the way past any hurdles in my journey. In Jesus name Amen

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