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Being Aware of Your Surroundings
  How often don't we find it necessary to be familiar with where we are or with what is present around us.  For example, when driving to a place you have never been before in a big city you have never been in before it can be very helpful to be aware of certain landmarks that help you know where you are at.  Likewise, when going for a hike it would be very important to have read the caution signs  and be aware of the presence of rattle snakes in the area.  Yes, being aware of your surroundings is very helpful in navigating safely and confidently through life.
  The story of the prophet Elisha in 2 Kings 6 confirms the importance of being aware of our surroundings.  Elisha was being hunted down by 
the Arameans who wanted to kill him.  Elisha and his servant boy were in hiding when the Arameans found them and surrounded them. 
  When Elisha's servant looked out and say the mighty army who had surrounded them he cried out to Elisha saying ... "what shall we do?"  Elisha responded ... "Don't be afraid.  Those who are with us are more than those who are with them."  Then Elisha prayed, "O Lord, open his eyes so he may see."  Then the servant's eyes were opened and the Bible says ... "he (the servant) looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha."  What Elisha's servant was seeing after the Lord enabled him to see more clearly was a mighty army of God's holy angels who had taken their position between Elisha and the Aramean army.  Truth be told, Elisha and his servant were not alone.  They never had been.  But what a difference it made to the servant who had forgotten that promise of God who assures us ... "Don't be afraid, for I am with you." Indeed, being aware of your surroundings can make a huge difference in how you live out each day of your life.
  At CrossRoads Counseling Ministries we have a little center piece which is placed prominently in each room called the "Peruvian Cross".  It is a cross surrounded and being held up by a bunch of individuals. It depicts perfectly this wonderful truth that no matter who we are or what dilemma we are facing ... we are not alone!  We have fellow Christians who are with us to support and
encourage us as we journey through our counseling sessions.  They are called Good Samaritans who are available to support us financially with help in paying for the counseling if we are not able to pay for all of it ourselves.  They are called Prayer Partners who commit to praying for each client at CrossRoads, like the prophet Elisha prayed for his servant, that the Lord would open his eyes to be able to see the Lord's presence and love and power to help right there with him.  And of course there is our Lord Jesus Himself, always present, always forgiving, always ready to provide everything we need to know and do God's will in any given situation.
  I have heard it said quite often by clients who come to CrossRoads that ... "I didn't have any idea you were here and available until ... (someone told me, I heard an ad on Family Life radio, my pastor told me about you, etc.).  Being aware of your surroundings can be a very big help.  Please know that CrossRoads Counseling Ministries is here to help you face the conflicts in your life.



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