The Wilderness Mine Field

Which way should I go? Should I turn right or turn left? Should I continue or should I stop? Should I speak or should I stay silent? If I am to speak what should I say or what should I not say. Do I continue on ahead or should I go back?

This morning, during my prayers, as I walked and talked with Jesus, it struck me how desperately I need His guidance in literally everything that I do. And although the idea of needing God’s guidance while walking through a mine field may seem like it’s a little extreme, I don’t really think that it is.

Jesus told us that it was expedient that He return to the Father but that He would not leave us as orphans. And we all know who orphans are, generally speaking, they are young children who do not have a mother or father to watch over them, care for them and provide guidance to them on what to do and what not to do.

John 14:16-18 NASB
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

And of course we know that Jesus is talking about the Holy Spirit, who is promised to reside in all of us who believe and trust in Jesus. And I have learned over the years that the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit within me, guides me in different ways at different times.

The “Comforter” can speak to me in quiet words that enter my mind repeatedly, over a period of time or He can make His guidance known to me instantaneously, with an urgency for me to follow through with what He would have me do. And that “urgency” can in itself be subject to different levels or degrees.

Sometimes I am not even aware of His inner guidance but a thought will come into my mind and I will act upon it because I’ve learned over time that it is prudent to do so. But always, always, this guidance that we receive, is in complete accordance or agreement with God’s Word.

Yesterday I felt led to respond to a fellow Christian and let him know how much I appreciated the work that he does on his blog and how I find what he shares builds me up. When the thought came into my mind I agreed with it, and I followed through with it. It was a heartfelt and sincere acknowledgement that I was happy to give. God’s Word tells us to build one another up and what I stated was truthful so there was nothing stopping me from following through on this.

What I didn’t know was that the evening before, this Christian brother had asked God in prayer, if the work that he was doing on his blog was being used by God for His purposes. As he related to me later, in short he was looking for some encouragement.

God provided an answer to my brother’s prayer, through His Holy Spirit, through me. God put that thought in my mind, I responded and both my Christian brother and I ended up being blessed. When these things happen, totally unplanned, where we follow through with that internal leading that agrees with God’s Word and is truthful, that is an example of following the leading of God’s Holy Spirit within us.

And of course, this is not an isolated case, in fact, it happens quite frequently. Giving encouragement to other Christian brothers and sisters is a frequent request of God’s Holy Spirit. Notice I said request. Most times there is no great urgency associated with what the Holy Spirit asks us to do. We can ignore it and not act on it if we wish to. God is not limited in accomplishing His will, should we decide not to obey or comply.

But when we don’t follow through, we end up losing out on the blessing. Obeying the leading of the Holy Spirit builds our faith.

The urgent requests of the Holy Spirit are different. They are very strong, almost to the point where it would take an act of defiance not to comply, but we still have that choice. Urgent requests are rare but I can tell you from experience, you really don’t want to miss out on these opportunities that God gives us. I said no to God’s strong leading once, many years ago and I have regretted it ever since.

Many years ago, when I was much younger in the faith and in the military, I had to have an operation on a cartilage in my leg that had snapped or torn. No big thing. I had the operation in a military hospital on one day, stayed overnight and then was released on the next. The day after the operation, starting early in the morning, God sent person after person to my bedside to talk about God. Doctors, nurses and orderlies, one right after the other, for the whole day. It was literally non-stop. I was reading my Bible in the morning, a nurse started talking to me and the rest of the day and part of the evening, it was just continual. This just doesn’t happen.

When the evening rolled around, I was mentally exhausted because we are talking about me talking for almost 12 hours. When I was finally all alone, God asked me if I could do this on an ongoing basis and I said no. That thought just came burning into my mind from no where. I said no because I foolishly thought that it all depended on me and of course it didn’t, but I didn’t understand that at the time and I was honest and I said no. Heaven only knows what would have happened had I said yes but I didn’t.

Fast forward 40 years later and after I retire from full time work I start working part time as a security guard on that same military base, literally just a stones throw from that same hospital. I never even noticed it at first until someone asked me for directions to the hospital and then God brought it back to my memory. That 40 years was my time in the wilderness, until I was finally ready to go into the promised land (five years ago). Crazy isn’t it?

Fortunately God is gracious and patient and He did give me other opportunities where I did say yes to some other “strong” leadings, but I’ve already covered some of them in previous posts.

Forty years ago I wasn’t even aware that there was a mine field or that God’s guidance was available to walk through it. But there is a mine field and the stop and go, left or right guidance is indeed available and no, we are not orphans. I wish I knew then what I know now but I didn’t.

Learning to walk with and trust in the Lord can take time. And yet, our gracious, loving and wonderful God can take the time to hear the prayer of one of His sons and answer it through His Spirit, via another son. Tell me that isn’t beautiful.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!


  1. That’s wonderful, Bruce. Speaking from experience, even the tiniest bit of encouragement can go such a long way.


  2. I have been on both sides of this. In the early months of my blog, with a whopping 20 followers, I was wondering if what I was spending so much time writing was making any difference at all. I had just about decided to set the blog aside when the next day I got a notification that I had a new follower. When I checked out his blog I saw that he had over 7,000 followers! Getting a thumbs-up from someone of his caliber was the encouragement I needed to keep going.
    The other time that comes to mind was something a lot more crucial – I had the urge to call a young lady I hadn’t seen at the youth group in a long time, and found out she had been sitting there with a bottle of pills getting ready to take them all.


    • Hi Ann, I suspect that there are probably many additional times we have been urged to do something and have done it, and not been made aware of the positive results that have been forthcoming, especially words of encouragement. The urge to pray for or touch base with someone are other examples like you mentioned. I’d have a tendency to think we’re in for some surprises when we get home. Blessings Ann and you have yourself a blessed day!


  3. People including many Christians want to know how to navigate a Christian life where the main person is missing, left into the sky.
    When you and I start talking about how God directs, how we assume his intervention without getting an actual text from God himself, people doubt it.

    I learned long ago to drop contempt for God and let him do as he pleases and not judge him for leaving. That was a big step. People may not realize they haven’t taken that step. And that might actually disqualify them. They might actually not be a christian. I think that sort of attitude toward God is sort of like the candour Cain had with God, saying am I my brothers keeper.

    The sort of respect for God in spite of him not physically being here changes everything. It opens a person up to hearing Gods spirit or at least having a feeling that this or that is the right way to go.
    The Let Go and Let God then means something. Its confidence, its trust and its security.

    I am not sure people know how they have gotten to where they trust God and then enter into a more meaningful relationship like Romans 8 talks about. In the end, we become workers who are faithful with a what we are given and then are given more. What people need to see in that passage is that there is a trust relationship even though the owner went out of town. and there are some who have hidden contempt and bury the talent given to them.


    • All of what you say Scott is indeed possible. But considering that God is a spirit and we have His Spirit within us, one learns, over time, to appreciate and react to the various means by which He communicates with us and that leading also builds trust. God is always stretching our faith in Him. Blessings brother.

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      • Regards. From your Op today I think what I said agreed with you. At times I think we think to much alike. So I figure we likely wont get along. LoL. I will comment on your Op today in a second.


      • Well, today, I was thinking about writing an Op. even though God was asking me to focus on my project which I just have been to busy to work on.
        But I dragged my feet because I was upset and its so easy to tune God out and do whatever I want when I am mad.

        What I am mad about is the negativity I hear from Christian radio and christian leaders about Fathers and Men. I wish they would shut their mouths. When its Mothers day you hear all this nice stuff, but when fathers day is about to happen, there is a pile on. They are really just extending the bickering and badgering of unfit women who have not learned Christ.
        I try not to listen to Christian radio the week before Fathers day because they don’t get it.

        There is a holocaust against men and fathers. We are beaten up and blamed and when there is a separation we have our cubs taken away. We are told to quiet down and stop. While the genocidal mother willing to wipe out their family is coddled. They call men dead beats but don’t call women thugs. When have you ever heard a sermon the week before Mothers day about the thuggery and bickering and the genocidal self centred abortion these butchers carry out. Nope. all sugar and spice.. But the week before Fathers day, I get urinated on all week. For what. Its time we speak up and tell them to back off. Its unholy and I don’t need to be told.

        Why do they think its wrong to joke about Jews in the Holocaust but OK to beat on Men who have suffered loss. I think Ministers and Radio stations are totally lacking the spirit when it comes to the harm they cause, the hurt and the pain and the suffering they cause as they beat up on Fathers. They totally do not get the whole scene.

        I was enjoying a nice day, doing duct work, and then the pile on. I had enough of it.


      • Sorry to hear you had a bad day Scott. I’m thinking if you know it’s coming then just listen to good music etc and avoid it for that week. Trusting that today goes better for you. Blessings brother.

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      • Well as long as they dont beat me up for being a dad or being a man I will be fine. I find it offensive to have a holiday for us men only to have people dump on you all week prior to it. hearing get with it all week sours me. Like some churches who spend their 52 weeks telling everyone they are garbage, the radio gets on a rant around Fathers day and the pollution of the world wins. Call it satanic, call it just badgering but I don’t enjoy it.
        Some people just have to make things poisonous so they cant enjoy a day. I think it would please a lot of feminists if we men would all just drown ourselves. Unfortunately some men have joined the hate group. And I wont have it. I don’t have to always get my way, but there is a rule, You should at least be on your own side. And I am. I love others, I help others, but far be it from me to take a kick in the gut laying down. And I don’t like it from Preachers who smile while they do it. Its my Holiday, I like every other person deserves equality. I don’t need no fan club, just no mob trying to degrade me for no other reason than that I am a man. Nor should I be kicked at for wanting to be treated right. People will blame you for your own defence and tell you, you shouldn’t be defensive. I take offence to that. LoL.


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