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For a person who made her only C in physics, I think a lot about trajectory.

Trajectory is fantastic. It’s predictable! It lets you see where an object has been, then take its current direction and speed to tell you where it’s going to end up.

It’s true for inanimate objects, but it’s also true for lives.

I think that through honest self-examination and the power of the Spirit, it is possible to determine your life trajectory.

The past few days I have tried to do some serious soul searching as to where I’ve been, where I am, and where I’m headed. In some areas, I’m so thrilled and praise God for the victories he’s given. In other areas, I’m shocked at how far off base I’ve gotten and how I don’t seem to be doing anything to change that direction.

Self-assessment is not for the faint of heart. It takes intestinal fortitude, an honest eye for the good and bad, and conviction that the Spirit of God can do anything and is truly the author of all good things. But, if we’re ever going to live the lives we were called to live, then it’s necessary. Thank God for the vision of trajectory.

Thank you, Father, for opening our eyes to see who we are and where we’re headed. You are greater than any other force that tries to determine our trajectory, and we praise you for healing broken roads and directing our paths.

Ever feel like God is working to teach you a certain lesson? Well for the past few months I’ve been getting schooled in Jehovah Jireh—the God who provides.

Despite my semi-charmed kinda life, lately I’ve been anxious about some of the tasks I see before me, wondering from my puny human vantage point how on earth they will come to pass.

But God reminded me through a friend that my fears are not uncommon to humanity, and that perhaps I am, in fact, in good company.

Gabriel said, You’re beautiful with God’s beauty, beautiful inside and out! God be with you.

She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that.

But the angel assured her, You have nothing to fear…The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the Highest hover over you. Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.

And she said, Yes, I see it all now… I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve.

–Adapted from Luke 1

Which then reminded me of one of my favorite songs:

Do you wonder, as you watch my face,
If a wiser one should have had my place?
But I offer all I am
For the mercy of your plan.
Help me be strong.
Help me be.
Help me.

Breath of heaven, hold me together,
Be forever near me, breath of heaven.
Breath of heaven, lighten my darkness,
Pour over me your holiness, for you are holy.

Breath of Heaven, Amy Grant

I’m starting to think that the biggest part of a life guided by the Holy Spirit is just showing up and trusting. But I have a feeling this is a lesson I’ll be learning the rest of my life.