Overcoming Obstacles & Following God’s Direction

Credit to:Pastors Pondering blog (https://pastorsponderings.org/2018/08/29/messy-church-weekend-vbs-i-ams-of-jesus/) for ideas shared in this post.

I’d like to just focus on 1 section from a vaction Bible School he recently led & shared on his blog (link above).

I’ve done similar things like this with kids and have personally applied it to my adult life.

One game they played was a blind fold obstacle course: 

Create an obstacle course (a playground works GREAT) and get the kids or leaders to go in pairs.

In this “action lesson” one from each pair is blindfolded, and the other will lead him or her through the obstacle course by using only their voice.

The purpose of this game is to help the person who’s blindfolded navigate the course by only hearing the voice that’s directing them.

Afterwards they circled up the kids and ask them about the game –

  • How did you feel when you were blindfolded?
  • Did you trust the person who was leading you through the obstacle course?
  • How many things did you run into?
  • Does it help to have someone there who is looking out for you and helping you?
  • How confident are you that you could have made it through the obstacle course on your own?

Then came the application:

    Sometimes life is a lot like this obstacle course.
    We often do not know how things are going to go in the future, or even in the next hour.  We have to trust that God knows what He is doing.  

    I don’t know what the future holds but I know who holds the future.

    Trusting God can seem like a scary thing at times, especially when we have some big decisions to make in life.  But God promises to never leave us or forsake us (John 14). 

     So sometimes, during this obstacle course we may have doubted the person who was leading us, and maybe we even tripped or ran into something because they didn’t lead us very well…But God isn’t like that.  He loves us very much and He will lead us through the good and the bad times.  

    So, as we think about Jesus being the way, truth and life today, remember that God leads us and wants what is best for our lives.

    John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

    Here is an Object Lesson that goes well with that “action lesson”: A map and a portable GPS (Even a phone with a map app on the screen)

    There was a time when a person going on a trip wouldn’t think of beginning their journey without a road map. 

    The map was very helpful to the traveler in finding the way to where they were going. 

    Today we seldom ever use a road map. Do you know why? Most of us who own a car also have a GPS in our car.

    How does the GPS work? 

    When you are ready to go somewhere, you type in the address where you want to go and the GPS connects to a satellite up above the earth and computes the path to your destination

    As soon as you start driving, a map appears on the screen and a voice from the GPS gives you turn by turn directions. “Turn right on Main Street in one mile, turn right in one half mile, turn right in 150 feet, turn right.” 

    What happens if you miss your turn? The GPS says, “Recalculating” and immediately computes a new route to get you back on the right path to your destination.

    When we are trying to follow Jesus in our daily life, it would be nice to have a GPS to lead us in the right direction, wouldn’t it? 

    It would be nice to have something to keep us on the right path and keep us from getting lost…something that would help us get back on the right track when we made a wrong decision.

    That is the way Jesus’ disciples must have felt when Jesus told them that he was going to leave them. Jesus said to them, “I am going to prepare a place for you and when everything is ready, I will come and get you so that you will always be with me. You know the way to where I am going.”

    One of the disciples whose name was Thomas answered Jesus, “No, we don’t, Lord. We don’t even know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

    Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

    Another disciple named Philip joined in, “Lord, show us the Father and we will be satisfied.”

    “Philip,” Jesus answered, “Have you been with me all this time and you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show you the Father? Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Anyone who believes in me will do the same things I have done.”

    That was all the disciples needed to know to get them on the right path to the Father.

    So, how do you and I find our way to the place where Jesus has gone to be with the Father? We have not seen Jesus as Thomas and Philip had, but we can follow the teachings that he has given to us in the Bible — God’s Holy Word. 

    That is our GPS and it will keep us on the right path!

    Prayer:
    Heavenly Father, we thank you for sending your Son to provide the way to eternal life. Thank you for your Holy Word which will keep us on the right path in our journey through life. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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