2014-06-10 - Maps
Psalm 119:133 (NIV) Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
Recently, Richard and I were trying to find a Fire Department Museum. My iPhone© led us flawlessly as always, until we ran upon a "Detour" Sign. Being in a lare city with which we were not at all familiar, as well as one with an abundance of one-way streets, we weren't sure if we'd ever find the building. Left on our own, we were i totally clueless. However, we needn't have worried. The phone just automatically put us on an alternate route, and we drove right up to the building, with only a 5-minute delay. Another time, we were trying to find the church of a former president. A sign along the road indicated that if we continued any further, we'd be going on a different road, the wrong way, but my phone insisted that we continue on the same route. We i persevered on the same route, and a few miles down the road, voila - there was the church!
The thought occurred to me, that our walks with God are like that, as well. We'll be sailing along, doing what we believe is the right thing to do, and suddenly a "Detour" catches us off-guard and forces us to change our plans. Perhaps we are about to take a new position, when a close family member suddenly falls ill and we are unable to start the new job. Or maybe we are working hard in a ministry that helps many people, we believe we will be doing this for decades - and suddenly there is a new leader, who dismantles everything for which everyone has worked so hard, because it doesn't align with his/her political beliefs. Most, if not all, of us encounter detours at some point in our lives.
Regardless of the detours, we have a map, God's Holy Bible - and we have the Holy Spirit as well. So when those unexpected roadblocks occur, we need to just continue to do all the things that we know are right - praying and living in line with the Bible - and God will guide us all along the way - throughout our Earthly life, right up until the day we arrive at our ultimate destination, in Heaven.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the NASB unless otherwise noted.