NO SENSE OF DIRECTION
I get lost so often the scenery begins to look familiar because I have turned around so many times. Being lost is one of the most frustrating and perhaps most frightening experiences. Ask me how I know. The part of my brain responsible for a sense of direction is congenitally absent.
The advent of GPS has been a real game changer. And of course everyone names their GPS, right? Remember Lola in the movie RV? Because their GPS had an Australian accent, my friends named her Sandy after the main character in the movie Grease. One day the wife called her husband and heard a female voice in the background. When she asked who was in the car with him, he casually replied, “Sandy.” But she misunderstood and thought he said, “Cindy,” and was mad for days. I named my GPS Jerlean. I listen to Jerlean. She usually gets me where I need to go.
Experience would dictate that I trust Jerlean completely. But I sometimes question her directions when the way she is leading doesn’t seem right. Without exception, when I go my own way, I end up somewhere I did not intend to go. Sometimes I don’t listen to God either. The way doesn’t seem right; I want to go my own way. You guessed it, I get to that same place, the place I did not intend to go..
Isaiah 30:21, “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.'” NIV
DO YOU HAVE TROUBLE HEARING?
When I get into my car and program the destination, the first words Jerlean speaks are always, “Turn by turn guidance will begin when you join the highlighted route.” It frustrates me, I think, “Where is the highlighted route?” Ever felt that way? Maybe you cannot hear God’s voice saying “This is the way; walk in it” because you have yet to join the highlighted route. How do you? First, you need to belong to Him. He has to be your shepherd if you are to recognize His voice.
John 10:27, “My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me.” HCSB
THE NEXT TURN
Since my sense of direction is so poor, I am learning to trust Jerlean. She never reveals all the directions in advance, only the next one. If her voice says, “In six hundred feet, turn right,” then in six hundred feet I turn right. We think it would be nice to know all the instructions before we start the journey. God’s word provides the instructions, but if you were walking down a path with a flashlight, you would only be able to see the next few steps ahead. It requires trust. I’m learning to trust God too.
Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” KJV
U TURNS ALLOWED
When I wind up where I did not want to go, Jerlean recalculates the route. No matter how far I wander from the best path she has chosen, she will give me a new route. It doesn’t matter where I am, her guidance resumes. God does that too. For me, that’s a really good thing because I have taken a lot of wrong turns. Thankfully, He is able to reroute me and even use my U turns for His purposes. But, it takes a little extra time to go out of the way.
Have you ever been misled? You followed the directions exactly and still ended up in the wrong place. I recently attended a conference and the speaker was late because her directions led her astray. It happens to everyone. She listened to the wrong voice. Be careful to follow the directions of the One who knows THE way.
John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.” ASV
On the way home, Jerlean says, “Some roads in this area are unmarked and turn-by-turn guidance will not be provided.” Life is like that too. Sometimes we cannot hear God speak even though we belong to Him. Maybe it’s a leg of our journey where He wants us to wait and be patient. Other times He gives us the freedom to choose between equally acceptable paths. But, if you are having trouble hearing Him, seek Him. Because you will find Him and you will find your way.
Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” ESV
LISTEN AND TRUST
God’s plan and path for your life is the best path, which is precisely why He chose it for you. Trust Him. Know it will bring you the most satisfaction, joy and peace. Currently, I am trusting that myasthenia gravis is part of His best plan for me. He is certainly blessing me. Do you need to hear turn by turn guidance from Him? Stop and ask Him for directions. Join the highlighted route by being involved in a Bible teaching church, studying His word in a structured fashion and of course, ask Him for directions through prayer.
Amazing Grace: I once was lost, but now am found….
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