Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene in Rancho Cucamonga, California

In God’s Lane

ww-bowlingIt was a special birthday!

Celebrated at the local bowling lanes

The sound of pin-ball machines

Bowling lanes filled with the clatter of balls and pin setters

Lights glowing, music going!

The young adults enjoying themselves

Having fun, a good time together

Balls, shoes, lanes selected

Everyone ready to “bowl”?

Bowling in anticipation of a high scoring game

First the stance

The aim for the pins

The perfect delivery of the ball

The thud on the glossy waxed lane

Quickly rolling ever forward toward the pins

Aiming for a strike

Happy with a spare!

Sometimes ending up with a split

Almost impossible to achieve in the second frame

Oft-times a “gutter ball”

Off the mark

Achieving nothing

Try again!

Knocking down all the pins or just a few

The ball goes down the lane all the same.

The final score!

Life is hardly “a game”!

God has provided “a lane” upon which we are to traverse in life.

God’s lane being…

“The Cross of Christ”

For no one comes to the Father

Except by way of Christ’s saving sacrifice

No matter…

The achievements obtained in life

Big or small the number

God has a goal in mind for each person’s life

That you stay in His lane

Following after Him

Learning daily from His manual, the Bible

Growing, taking a stance for Him

Living a life that is pleasing

Becoming more “Christ-like” day by day

We are to aim toward the goal

Eternal life with Him

“in Christ Jesus”, our Lord!

Sometimes we are split in our vision

Our aim askew pulled in every direction

Drawn away by distractions of the world

Not fully focused

Oft-times we end up in the “gutter”

Totally leaving the lane that the Father intends for our life

Caught in a groove

Going down the wrong path

Off the mark

Achieving nothing in life of eternal value

Time to “try again”!

Repent! Return to the Father in obedience!

Get back in the lane!

Into the lane where Christ resides

Having the vision of the Holy Spirit to guide us

Causing us to go in the right direction

To reach the mark!

The goal!

Life eternal!

The final score!



· Exodus 15:13 – “In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.”
· Deuteronomy 5:32-33 – So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left…so that you may live and prosper…
· Psalm 16:7-11 – …I have set the LORD always before me …You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
· Proverbs 4:20-27 – …Let your eyes look straight ahead…make level paths for your feet…do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
· Joel 2:12-14 – …Rend your heart…return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love,…
· John 14:6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
· II Corinthians 2:14-15 – But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.
· Philippians 3:12-14 – …I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.


Written July 20, 2013 by Madeline Beber

Celebrating grandson Sean’s 16th birthday!

Desiring to stay in the center of God’s lane

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