Friday, March 8, 2013

Navigating the Journey

"Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long" (Psalm 25:11).

Everything had to work out just perfectly if I was going to pull of what seemed impossible to some and irrational to others. There was a limited amount of time for me to drive four and half hours one way, pick someone up, turn around and return to the very place where my morning would begin. I had had an already-scheduled appointment that morning that dictated the time I would begin and an appointment that was important to keep that determined my needing to be back by a certain time. Somewhat familiar with the general area I was heading, I was unsure and uncertain exactly where I needed to arrive, only what time I needed to arrive there by and again return to the highway in the opposite direction. 

On the highway, radio blaring, coffee in hand, and making decent time, I had a moment of insightful awakening. Rather than a vision from God, it was the sudden awareness that I had no exact direction for how I was going to achieve my exact destination so that the seemingly irrational schedule of the day would not unravel before my road-focused eyes. The answer seemed  as clear as newly cleaned glass. I knew there was a Radio Shack in the complex of the rest stop I had already planned on visiting. Upon grabbing my fresh hot cup of java, I ran over to the store and purchased an incredibly marked-down, on-sale, ready to go GPS. Getting in the car, I tore open the box, plugged it in, turned it on, and programmed the destination. In an instant it showed me how to get there, what time it was at that moment, and what time I would arrive. If I ran into difficulty on the way with traffic, accidents, or detours, it would recalculate an alternate route to assure my arrival. The GPS was essential in getting down and back without a hitch. There was a cost, but it was worth it.

The Truth that is discovered between the treasured pages of the best selling book to ever be found in print, the Holy Bible, serves much the same purpose as even the most expensive GPS device. God has a destination for each of our lives that involves a purpose, a blessing, a hope, and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). He is never taken by surprise or caught off guard by the accidents, traffic jams, and detours that are readily found on life's intertwining system of highways. His Word is truth, powerful, insightful, and fully prepared to navigate us through all that we will encounter. 

When you face fear, the Bible reminds you that His perfect love casts out all fear. When weakness attempts to detour your journey, His truth declares with great certainty and confidence that His strength is made perfect in your weakness. When you find yourself having taken a wrong turn and are lost in the desolate wilderness of confusion and despair, His Truth promises that He is the God who causes fresh springs of oasis to well up in the desert places. He gives wisdom, guides you in truth, corrects you when you are wrong, reminds you of His mercy, and recalculates and redirects you on the right path. If you will allow Him, His determination is set on navigating you from where you and assuring that you will be at the destination He has designed for you in just right time.

Take time to discover the truth of God's greatest handheld navigational device. The Bible may be antiquated to some, but is found timeless and invaluable by all who seek God's guidance, depend upon His wisdom, and follow the direction that is found in His Word. Resist the temptation to allow the busyness and ever-morphing craziness of daily to-do lists, emails, and calendars to decide whether or not you have time to find the direction His Word offers. Start somewhere. Start small. Start now. Read it. Think on it. Ask God how it relates to your life. The Holy Spirit will guide you in that truth. And then...act on, do it, apply it, and watch God take you to exactly where He wants you to be. He will guide you in His truth, teach you the way you should go. He will remind you that He is God, YOUR Savior and that His hope will sustain you throughout the duration of your journey.