Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Destination Without A Map or Directions

I want you to all think back to an ancient time when there were no such things as smart phones.  The I want you to step back further to where there was no such thing as GPS for your car.  Then go back even before the internet gave us Mapquest and Google Maps.  That was a time when all we had to rely on were maps and directions.  I am not that old, but I remember those times.  I remember that if you had to get somewhere and you did not know the way you had to rely on a paper map or a person giving you directions. 

There was a very brief time in my life when I want to college in Reading, PA.  I was driving back home to New Jersey and wanted to get to the PA Turnpike. I asked a man at a gas station for directions and he said "You can't get there from here."  Of course, unless Reading, PA were in some strange vortex where no matter what you do it would be impossible to ever get to the turnpike, man was either lying, ignorant, or lazy.  So there I was knowing where I needed to get to, what direction it was in, but I had no idea of how to get there. 

That really reflects how I feel in life right now.  I believe God wants my wife and I to move north.  I have no map on how to do it and no directions have been provided.  I have a destination and a direction and that is it.  When I look at much of our challenges, it is like the world is telling me "You can't get there from here."  So here I am, knowing where I need to get to, what direction it is in, but no idea at all of how to get there. 

As the problem is the same, so is the answer.  Obviously, I am not still eternally traversing the roads of Reading trying to make it to the Turnpike.  No I pointed my car in the direction I needed to go and drove on looking for signs.  Eventually, there were signs, I made it to the Turnpike, and in a few hours I was home.  So what I need to do now is point my life in such a way to take me in the direction I need to go.  I need to move forward in that direction and look for signs along the way.  I am sure that God will provide those signs as we need them and I am sure that in the end, my wife and I will be exactly where He wants us to be. 

So that is what we will do.  We may need some help along the way.  We may hit some detours, reroutes, delays, and maybe even some signs we do not quite understand just yet.  We may even need some traveling with us at time helping us see signs when our eyes are weary.  I am sure that this journey will last longer than a few hours, but I also know it can be much quicker than expected.  What I do trust is that God will make sure that we arrive right on time, that is, His time. 
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

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