HAVE YOU LOST YOUR DIRECTION?
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
I’ve always enjoyed studying maps and know east from west and north from south, but I admit having been lost a few times while following a map. Even using a GPS has led me to losing my way, although I know many people rely on them.
The direction of wind also plays a big part in our lives, especially in the upper Midwest. An eastern wind almost always brings moisture. Prevailing westerly winds usually bring in colder air, while the southerly breezes are warm. But winds can change direction so fast that we can’t always rely on them to direct us. Snowstorms and fog can make it hard to navigate. That’s why my grandpa lost his direction in a sudden blizzard and ended up at a nearby farm while hanging onto his horse’s tail. That’s why he and other prairie pioneers attached a rope line from house to barn, to direct them securely during storms.
Spiritual direction also is important and, unlike natural wind direction, is always reliable. Probably the most popular Scripture about God’s leading is Proverbs 3:6. “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.” When we choose Him to be our GPS or rope line, we can be assured of finding the best way to safety, sustenance and success.
God’s Word is our most reliable source of life’s direction. The more we know it, meditate on it and use it, the surer our steps. Most of us know the Twenty-Third Psalm, which tells us: “He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Allowing Him to help us choose the most godly and right things to say and do will keep us from becoming lost in life’s storms. In fact, our salvation depends on the choices we make. “I am the Way, the truth and the life,” Jesus said. “No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6) He promises to save us from becoming lost without His presence in eternity and His love, joy and peace now.
Perhaps we all should make it a habit to follow these words: “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You and I will look up.” (Psalm 5:3) The best answers to our problems and unsure steps come by looking upward to Him. Let’s do it!
Lord, thank You for guiding our steps through our storms and fog. Forgive us the times we’ve looked elsewhere and somehow lost our way. Cause us to look up to You for the best and to share Your best with others who may have lost their way. In Jesus’ name, amen.