No sense of direction

No sense of direction

      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.

                             GPS

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.

VOICE COMMANDS

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.

 WRONG DIRECTIONS

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

UNMARKED ROADS

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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16 thoughts on “No sense of direction

  1. Once again, I am amazed at the depth your words touch me! You are such an inspiration for me in a very difficult time of life. My problems are minor compared to others but you have a way of bringing reflection and hope that the future can be bright again! Thank you!

  2. Hey in your most recent post for your myrightsideup life, (which of course hit me right where is should) 🙂 When I read the part about getting on that highlighted route, the words “studying his word in a structured fashion”, it really got me thinking about how YOU read the word. I have set through your sunday school lessons and been on a retreat and then to the girls home in Mississippi with you, and have always marveled at your ability to really absorb and know the word! I have read the bible several times, but I have been really laxed on doing it this last year and half in nursing school. But I really want to know how YOU structure your reading and if you have a good outline you use when really trying to get into the scriptures. Do you suggest a specific book to start in. I have experienced so many blessings since my life has turned around, and with that where do you think I should start. I want to read about giving thanks, but also I love reading about God’s instruction and how he wants me to live!! any suggestions?!

    1. I think it is very important to be involved in a group study. It keeps you accountable. I especially like Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer. Bible study Fellowship is an international study that is excellent training in how to study the Bible. Go to their website to find where they meet. Thanks. Good question

  3. We were in Birmingham, Alabama over the weekend listening to Karen’s cell phone give us directions to a motel and boy, were we questioning her phone gps! Bottom line, even though we were went sent through some rough areas of the city, the gps took us just were we wanted to go. When you start on a journey sometimes it’s best to listen and follow the directions. Same with life, always better to have Good as your guide!

  4. Vicki, Your first calling might have been becoming a Doctor, but your 2nd and just as important calling is your writing and your testimonials about your faith and love for God and his love for you. I hate that it took this terrible disease for you to have the time to find your writing path, but I just wanted you to know how much I’m enjoying reading your blogs and how you are dealing with all of it. Keeping you in my prayers.

  5. I really enjoyed this message and it was beautifully written. Thanks for sharing. Your articles are always uplifting and encouraging.

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