Do you ever feel like you’ve gotten stranded in a bumper car?  You go along just fine for a few moments, then wham, you’re hit from the side and  heading in a different direction doing your best not to get slammed again by a jolt from behind?   No matter how hard you try to stay clear of things, the ride gets bumpier making you dread whatever is ahead.

With the current state of the economy, you may have been bumped from your job, or hit from behind by the stock market.  You may have a dwindling retirement portfolio or a house that just won’t sell for anything near what you paid for it.  Bump, bump, bam!  It all stacks up and you think you might not be able to handle one more hit.  What do you do?

The thing about a “bumper car” life is that eventually you do begin to figure out how to take on the turns a little more effectively.  You find yourself navigating the course by trying some new tricks, some new direction that wouldn’t have occurred to you before.  You calmly get back in the driver’s seat because now it’s your turn to see where this path will take you.  If you are willing to see it, you may find God has now given you a chance for an up-turn, a chance to get clear of all the obstacles.

Ralph Waldon Emerson once said that “what lies beyond us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”  Whatever direction your life is turning, no matter how many bumps you’ ve experienced lately, the up-turn happens when you discover more of that answer.  What lies within you?

What is the stuff you’re made of, the God-given talents you possess that remain undiscovered territory for you?  What will it take for the Potter to reshape you and remold you into the purposeful being He knows you already are meant to be.  As it says in Isaiah 64: 8, “We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”

May God make something beautiful out of your life, giving you an open road to feel the fresh breezes of His love and the confidence that He will be there with you at every turn.  Sure, you’ll have to slow down for a few more bumps, but you’ll be on the right road!

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