I recently talked with an older couple at a rest stop about driving with a GPS. Both agreed it was a real asset when traveling and it overcame some of their worries. The wife said she had trouble knowing which direction they were heading. The husband said he once forgot how to get to the doctor – the same one he had gone to for more than 20 years.
The wife said her directional deficiency started back in high school when she took driver’s education. Her instructor told her to head back to school after a training drive, but she froze up and was not sure which way to go. Luckily, she made it after a few awkward turns. She later decided to carry a compass and city map with her at all times. She passed the driver’s test and was never labeled “directionally challenged.”
Some of you may read this with laughter or concern, wondering if this couple should be on the road at all. They did, however, have a valid driver’s license from their state, and have seemed to manage all these years…they beamed when they informed me that both had spotless driving records. I also learned this couple now gets around with the benefit of a GPS device their son bought them a few years ago.
I am secure with my general sense of direction when it comes to driving. I do rely on maps, Google maps and/or Mapquest help, and recently purchased my own GPS device. All of those aid me in getting where I want to go with minimal problem or delays. Yet I do know people who feel a bit “directionless” at times when it comes to the road of life.
All of us at times wonder about what tomorrow will bring. We beg, plead, and ask God to show us what is ahead. We may even consult non-biblical (and dangerous) sources for information about our career, love life, and family. Yet we often remain – clueless.
Read Genesis 24. This is the story of the servant of Abraham setting out to find a wife for his son Isaac. Not just any girl would do. When the servant arrived in Abraham’s homeland, he asked God to send a young woman who would kindly draw water for him and his camels from the city well. When a lovely young lady named Rebekah greeted him and fulfilled his request, the servant praised God for leading him on this special journey.
When do you become impatient because you do not see God’s guidance? Do you need help to step out and allow the Lord to guide you? How will you do that? What is the best “compass and map?” Abraham’s servant found Isaac’s wife by putting one foot in front of the other. He stepped out in faith and God gave him more direction as he needed it – the servant always had just enough information at just the right time. Faith = risk.
God generally does not give us a detailed map of our lives for the next three days, months, or years. He does expect us to study His Scripture and pray for wisdom and strength to live according to it. We must have faith that God wants what is best for us, and that He will give us more specific direction at just the right time.
Grow devotionally. Will you live according to Proverbs 3:5-6? Each of us has the responsibility to make decisions as a free moral being, hopefully in accordance with Scripture. God promises guidance, but sometimes gives direction one step at a time.
Love is a verb,