Tuesday, June 04, 2013

You Can Always Ask for Directions!

Recently we watched an episode of Myth Busters revolving around whether men or women are more likely to ask for directions. This produced much laughter because everyone knows men don’t like to ask directions, even if they are completely lost. Wrong! It turns out that both men and women will ask directions more often than not. Seriously!

I can remember a couple of times asking for directions could have really cost me. Once was during the tornado in Arkadelphia in 1999. Our younger daughter was with me in our car and we stopped to ask a policeman for advice as to where we should go to take cover. He told me to go into a store building that was completely glass on three sides. After he drove away I commented to our daughter, “We’re not going where all that glass is!” We took our chances and drove home. The storm bypassed completely the area we lived in.

Another time was to get directions to an address we were trying to find. Turns out the storekeeper we asked had no idea where to go and gave us bogus instructions! Why didn’t he just say he didn’t know? We spent time searching in the wrong area. Finally we got our bearings and found our destination within moments of better directions.

There are some good indicators of who to ask for directions. Don’t ask someone who seems distracted. They just want to move on and they don’t really care where you go. Don’t ask someone who is disoriented. They are confused and don’t know the truth, so how can they send you rightly? And for sure don’t ask anyone who can’t find their own way! But if someone has a roadmap, they’d be a lot of help, for they have a set of directions from a reliable source.

Do you feel as though you’ve been going around in circles? Life has become like a series of mazes rather than a road. You’ve gotten off course and you’re ready to get back to business. You may have asked a friend only to find out they don’t really care. You may have asked a mentor, but they’re distracted by the busy-ness of life. You may have taken your own road, thinking that you knew best, but now you’re in a tight spot and you don’t know where to turn. Without proper instructions you’ve found yourself in worse shape than you were when you started out. The wrong road is usually marked with potholes, sinkholes, mud holes and more. It’s time to pull over and get your bearings straightened out and return to the high road!

Oh beloved, rest your weary travels and pull out the Ultimate Road Map – the Word of God! The only set of complete and perfect instructions for life is found within its cover. By reading God’s Word and following it’s instructions, you will find that even when you feel completely lost you are still on the right road with the Lord. Even if you’ve chosen the wrong road, there’s still time to return to God’s road map and get back where He wants you to be. Other people may disappoint you, abandon you, give you wrong information or take you on a wild goose chase; God’s Word will always deliver you to God’s intended destination. You can trust His Word for He is the Author and Finisher of your faith travels. He would never mislead you or abandon you to your own devices for His amazing eternal care is marked on your heart! He wrote His guidelines for your life before the foundation of the world! His road map is a Love letter as well – for He loves you so much that He went to the Cross so that you could find your way!

Rejoice, beloved! Even in the dark, even in the desperate moments, even when you’re thoroughly confused- God’s map of life will get you turned around and traveling securely all the way to heaven! He loves you and He’s for you and that’s worth following His Word always!

Psalm 119:59 I pondered the direction of my life, and I turned to follow your laws.

Isaiah 30:21 Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.

Psalm 119:104 From Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.

Psalm 119:130 The teaching of Your word gives light, so even the simple can understand.

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