Last week I shared a Facebook post with the quote “No matter how long you have traveled in the wrong direction, you can always turn around. ” I was recently reminded that I need to do just that in a couple of areas. So, I wanted to re-submit my first blog post as a gentle reminder to us all that if we acknowledge God in everything, he will indeed direct our path and keep us on that elusive “straight and narrow.”
I hope you enjoy the post and re-consider what direction you are moving in….
Challenging Thought for Today: Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21
“Just because you don’t know where you are doesn’t mean that I don’t.”
This was my husband’s not so subtle reference to my non-existent sense of direction when I inquired about the final destination of one our weekly dinner outings after church.
The profoundness of that statement made me think about our response to God as we travel this road often referred to as our spiritual journey and how often we “get lost” along the way.
“Directionally-challenged” is a “kind” phrase for someone who does not have a good sense of direction or gets lost easily and often. I know from experience that the hardest thing about being directionally challenged is the fact that you don’t have to be in an unfamiliar place to get lost and you often go in the same wrong direction each time.
It’s easy for someone who has a good sense of direction to become irritated with someone who is directionally challenged. In the natural sense, it is easy to look at someone else’s struggle and say, “why are they having such difficulty with that?” We think of simple solutions and just move on. Yet, in our own spiritual walk, we are not able to see simple changes that need to be made. We would rather wander around aimlessly in our own understanding instead of turning to God and asking him how to get where we are going. I have certainly been guilty of looking at someone who seems to make the same mistake repeatedly and wonder why it’s so hard for them to see they are on the wrong path. Yet in my own spiritual walk, I have wandered aimlessly along a path of my own choosing instead of turning to God and asking him which way to go.
On the Sunday afternoon in question here, I was unfamiliar with the area my husband was driving through and it looked as if he was not going to find what he was looking for. So, I naturally wondered if he was lost. Likewise, when we don’t trust the leading of the Holy Spirit, we can allow this same type of fear to interfere with the journey.
If we focus on how many turns we’ve already taken, how many other “restaurants” we pass on the way to where we are going, we can miss valuable lessons that can be learned from the trip. Especially when God takes us into areas we are unfamiliar with, challenging us to move out of our comfort zone. We look around and see people we don’t normally associate with, rocky paths we feel ill-equipped to travel, and roads that have previously been closed to us, it’s looks like we are lost. But, we aren’t.
Memorize our thought for today and accept that God knows where he’s taking you. Heaven’s GPS location is already locked in and we can start from anywhere.
My tagline for this blog is “finding my way: living my purpose” because I know the best way to be assured that I am moving in the right direction is to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, the ultimate GPS, consistently listening for that guiding voice to speak to me through his word, his people and my life and say “this is the way, walk in it”.
Thank you for stopping by my blog. I solicit your prayers as I move in this new direction following the direction of the Holy Spirit. Follow me as I follow Christ.