|Brother Khrystus paying courtesy call on Governor General of St. Vincent and The Grenadines with St. Vincent Doll decorated by his mother Mrs. Yvette Wallace, M.Ed|
Psalms 31:3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me. (KJV)
As you may be fully aware, I'm overly ambitious and adventurous. I'm a very, very, very big RISK TAKER and fear of tragedy rarely causes me to back down.
Therefore, when ever I'm traveling overseas whether to preach, give a motivational speech, conduct a business labs workshop, attend a conference that the Federal Government sent me on or just to do some business or take a short break, depending on my itinerary and the extra time I'll have available, I choose to rent a vehicle. TOTAL FREEDOM ALWAYS MATTERS MOST!
God has always FAVOURED me greatly when it came to renting a vehicle on the USA Mainland though. I'm a deal shopper and run a USA Business and therefore I'm apart of several USA incentive clubs that allow me to get prices that most foreigners and sometimes even USA citizens don't get. ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!
I'm never an overly elaborate guy though, I'm just down to earth and love to have fun - lots of fun as you know. Therefore, once the vehicle has four wheels and can move me from point A to point B, I'm happy with that and don't really care about LOOKS and LUXURY! I always book online in advance and rent ECONOMY and ensure that I take out a LARGE enough travel and accident insurance just in case. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS DO THAT TOO! a word to the wise is enough.
Each time, interestingly enough, having been allowed to enter the USA, I approach the RENT-A-VEHICLE counter, show my debit/credit card and ID to complete the transaction and then the clerk tells me that there are NO MORE ECONOMY CARS left. I am a speaker, so I don't back down and simply ask to see the supervisor or manager and state my case. After that, as the Lord would have it, I get to leave with ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE LUXURY VEHICLES EVERY TIME and I just paid ECONOMY. lol. Praise God! (After bragging here, I guess Car Rentals would be looking out for me the next time to ensure that it never happens again, BUT GOD IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL!)
I never leave without ensuring that they have a GPS SYSTEM installed. AN EXTREMELY DETAILED ONE. One where I can type in the address where I want togo and it shows me exactly which street I'm on, which turn to make and even talks to me all the time). Even if I'm with a USA friend, I did depend on the GPS directions. Stubborn en tit?
Why? With out such a DETAILED GPS to GUIDE me and TALK to me while driving in the USA, I would be a LOST CAUSE. When I'm ready to leave, I punch in the Trade Show Address or the next Red Lobster or iHOP or Walmart etc etc and it takes me there. When I'm ready to return to St. Kitts, I punch in the airport address in the State and it takes me right there to the Drop Off Spot to return the vehicle. THE GPS IS MY GUIDE - on American streets, I CANNOT DRIVE WITHOUT IT until I probably get married to a USA Citizen and move there to LIVE someday.
Sadly though, many of us choose to depend on everything and everybody else BUT GOD and that is where we definitely go wrong. PEOPLE DO NOT LOVE US AND CARE FOR US AS GOD WOULD.
Before I continue, I must ask you this critical question. Is God your ROCK and your FORTRESS? Is He the one leading you and guiding you? If you answered NO, may I hasten to ask, WHY NOT?
The Psalmist in penning that particular verse had FULL CONFIDENCE in his God. He isn't afraid to let the world know that he was relying completely on God to be his sustenance and guide. Notice, he doesn't say that his wife or his best friend or LIKE ME, the GPS is his rock and fortress. He says publicly that GOD IS HIS ROCK AND HIS FORTRESS.
Friend, active service is good, but the passive confidence of faith is not one jot less esteemed in the sight of God. The words before us appear to embrace and fasten upon the Lord with a fiducial grip which is not to be relaxed.
King David, the writer of this Psalm lays hold on the faithfulness of God. Psalms 31:3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.
Who or what are you holding on to today friend? Let God Be Your Guide - He's Much Better Than Your GPS!
Turn to him today. Once you do, you can feel relaxed in the midst of your troubles and trials that HOPE IS
AHEAD! Do not give up at all!
Brother Khrystus V. K. Wallace