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The Way Back

Dwain
September 27, 2005

This past Sunday I went on a bike ride with four women. My wife invited some of her girlfriends to go riding, and she dragged me along--kicking and screaming. You know what I wanted to do, right? (I'll give you a hint: It's a word that starts with F and ends with the word ball).

So we go out to this really nice trail and we ride, and we ride, and we ride. We ride farther than my wife and I had ever ridden before. We enjoyed the conversation, the sights and sounds, and never really thought about the fact that we'd have to ride back. It was in the back of our minds, but we were pumped! The ride back was going to a breeze. NOT!!!

It took us what seemed like forever to get back. Needless to say, we were dead by the time we got back!

I got to thinking about that ride, and it reminded me of my life. It reminded me of the many times when I started something and didn't count the cost (Luke 14:28). . Like the time I went to the gym and tried to get fit in one day. I lifted every weight possible, worked every muscle, and ended up in a bathtub soaking in Epson Salts. I paid a painful price for not doing my homework on weightlifting.

I've also started down some bad roads of sin, never thinking how difficult it would be to make my way back to God. Have I asked God to forgive me? Yes! Am I forgiven? Yes! Do I still struggle to overcome? You bet! Some journeys are worth the cost, while others are not. If you've got a sin in your life that's taking you far away from God, stop now, turn around, and ride back home to God. He's just a prayer away.

- Re: The Way Back from Be Real, October 6, 2005

Too bad we all don't die or have an immediate answer as the thief on the cross did! That example is used soooo much but for the most part it doesn't really apply! After we pray, we have a very real life to live. The thief died after his prayer. So if I'm on my death bed, the thief on the cross story gives me hope but since I'm not . . . I still say don't take it upon yourself to suggest endings that may not materialize. Sometimes christians try too hard to explain the unexplainable! It's not Disney world out here.

- Re: The Way Back from Dwain, October 3, 2005

I think the "Please be real" post is true. Answers don't magically happen on earth the moment we pray. But anyone who tries to convince you that God is not "just" a prayer away is wrong. God wants to be found. He is not hiding from us. Read the following Scriptures: Jer. 29:12-14, Matt. 7:7, 1 John 1:9. I believe that in heaven all our problems are solved. God has an answer. How he chooses to get it to us may take time. We will have to persevere like Jacob did until He answers us. But make no mistake about it. When He seems farthest is when He is nearest to us. If He's wasn't just a prayer away, then the theif on the cross wouldn't have had a chance. Never give up on God.

- Re: The Way Back from Please be real, September 30, 2005

There is nothing "just anything" about God. To say God is"just" a prayer away suggest and falsly implies that ALL your problems or the one troubling you at that moment, will be done away with when or after you pray and this is "just" not true. Life is a marathon not a sprint. "Just" implies a quick fix and with God there are no quick fixes; there are thorough ones which take time. The fix begins and is MAINTAINED with prayer.

- Re: The Way Back from Please be real, September 30, 2005

There is nothing "just anything" about God. To say God is"just" a prayer away suggest and falsly implies that ALL your problems or the one troubling you at that moment, will be done away with when or after you pray and this is "just" not true. Life is a marathon not a sprint. "Just" implies a quick fix and with God there are no quick fixes; there are thorough ones which take time. The fix begins and is MAINTAINED with prayer.

- Re: The Way Back from Arian Emanuel, September 29, 2005

I know what you mean. But what happens when you are still riding back everyday and seem not to be moving? And sometimes feeling to give up, but just know you can't. What else can I do when the prayers upon prayers don't SEEM to get God's attention, or is it that I just want immediate attention?



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