The following is an all-too-common scenario in my life while driving in an unfamiliar area or to a new location:
Leave early knowing I will need extra time because I will get lost.
Oops. I missed my turn.
Heart beats wildly while I look for a convenient place to turn around. I especially despise being late for any appointment.
Pull over, reread the directions, and try again, sometimes several times until successfully reaching destination.
When asked, “Did you find it easily enough?” I reply, “It was easy in the end.” For someone who is not directionally challenged, that is.
Psalm 25:4,5,10 TLB “Show me the path where I should go, O Lord; point out the right road for me to walk. Lead me; teach me; for You are the God who gives me salvation. I have no hope except in you…And when we obey him, every path he guides us on is fragrant with his lovingkindness and his truth.”
I’ve been lost many times in the different cities we have lived in over the years. Thankfully, with the advent of cell phones, I am able to pull over and call my husband for help (he still wonders how I am so prone to losing my way). When I call, he is prepared to help me find my way. He knows I work better with landmarks than road names so he will tell me to watch for such-and-such a sign or building. The moment I see something familiar, relief floods my soul. I’m on the right path!
Finding the path God has for us is not difficult, once we pull over to the side of the road and ask for directions. “Show me the path” is a prayer that He is very ready to answer; His paths are replete with landmarks that help us make the right turns. When we “oops” and miss it, there will be opportunity to stop and get our bearings again.
I used to think that finding God’s will for my life was a mysterious and difficult process, fraught with dangers of “missing it” along the way. Now that I’ve known my Father for a while, I understand He wants me to be on His path even more than I want to be there. His paths are the ones that are “fragrant” with His truth, and lovingkindness.
God’s motivation in leading us along His paths is evidenced by a full fragrance of lovingkindness (acts of unmerited kindness) and truth. No one else is as motivated as He is to help us for His intentions for us are the best; what can we possibly offer to Him, the King of the Universe? He simply wants the best for us and He is the very best.
So when you are wondering if you have taken the right turn, pull over. Make a call. Trust Him as He guides you, as He has no hidden agenda in leading you other than loving you more than anyone else in this world. He will speak to you and show you those landmarks to help you get to where you are going on time and as you start back on your way, He will say, “See you there.”