No Signal…

Today I was driving up the narrow but fast Bronx River Parkway… It is like you are in a video game!  The driver in front of me becoming slower and slower until he became more abrupt and then quickly turned to get off the narrower exit –NO SIGNAL!

Here I am –frustrated –annoyed –and then I just pick up my pace and resume.

Don’t you detest that?  When you are driving and people either try to come into your lane without signaling or they are exiting the highway with no signal or warning at all! YEP! That is what happens to us all.  The NO SIGNALS of life. The things that take you off guard, off course, off track and literally by surprise.

You are focused, going in the direction you know and see fit and here comes the NO SIGNALS  of life. No warning, no heads up and no consideration of your flow and foundation.

There goes that! Right off the road or trying to disrupt your lane!

God tells us in His word.
“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘DO NOT FEAR, for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.  See, I will make you into a threshing sledge, NEW AND SHARP, with many teeth, You will thresh the mountains and CRUSH them! And reduce the hills to chaff. You will winnow them, the wind will pick them up and a gale will blow them away.  But you will rejoice in the Lord and glory in the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 41:13-16

Those situations we encounter make us feel vulnerable and exposed.  Trying to catch us up in a world of emotions but that is not the place that will sustain us or set us free which is why in those moments we become the MOST resilient when we STAY IN GOD!

They are just like the wind and will be carried away.  Let it be! Let it go! It is in the hands of the Lord.  What else can we do in those moments where we are left without signal from PEOPLE.  In Christ we will have the stability that we need.  In Him –we will see how much that He has been signaling us all along in the INSIDE.  In the deepest parts of our soul and spirit where no one else can see or touch! That is the place that keeps us the strongest.

I hate being side-swiped, side railed or side tracked in anyway by the effects of PEOPLE!!!! I have to let that go and move in the lane that God has safely established for me.

I think I get so worried these days from the double impacts that I faced in July just breezing through normal situations.  One guy just drove right into my lane without signaling. Another lady three days later hits me from behind! Like how aggravating that was for me when all I was doing was driving in MY lane carefully.  It’s like no matter how careful you try to be and how much you invest in this stuff called life, your still gonna get side-swiped by the non-signalers of life.

I know we invest HEART! SOUL! TIME! MONEY! Wisdom poured out only to be later treated like nothing.  How many people have we literally poured into that are now gone by the wayside or on to other pastoring streams… it’s like you can’t keep or force them to stay, they have their own agenda. How many friendships, relationships or businesses have we invested in only to get those “no signal” moments.

Now what?

Now God! Always God! Before God! This should always be our center.

Hang onto that steering wheel of faith, the seat belt of His presence and Word covering you and trust that in that vehicle He is leading you to stay in your lane safely.  When it’s time to move –the signal that you need to get is the one that He will give you –not the peoples.

TRUST GOD.

TRUST HIS PROCESS.

Trust that the only place that He is leading you is deeper into His very presence where there really is no space for anything else BUT Him! ❤ That’s key.  Then everything else will fall into place right where it needs to be. Just like His Word says –you are gonna come out NEW and SHARPER!

No signal is God’s signal back to the heart of His first real love. To Faith. To Trust. To Hope. All that we need to be through Him.  So pick up your pace and resume with Him. Don’t allow others expression of no signal to divert all the ones that God has been showing you all along.

Amen and amen!

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Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor. We have been together for 27 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 19 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me.

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