I mean, I can read and follow a map, but if I make some wrong turns or get distracted, I tend to get disoriented. And don’t even try to tell me to “go north” or “turn south” when you’re giving me directions. I just don’t have that internal compass some people have. Heck, our church has had an “east campus” and a “west campus” for over a year, and I still can’t figure out which one is which. Thank goodness for map apps. Without those step by step directions, I’d probably still be wandering around out there somewhere.
But, you know what? I did really well in geography when I was in school.
When I can see the big picture, the whole map at once, the beginning, middle, and end of the journey, it’s a piece of cake. I never get confused about which direction is southeast or northwest. I don’t get distracted by twists or turns in the road. If I could just have this perspective when I’m trying to get somewhere, I’d never get lost again.
But life isn’t like that.
We live inside the road trip where it’s easy to get confused and go the wrong way. Where we can get distracted by the twists and turns of circumstances. Where we sometimes deliberately choose to turn off the right road and take a side trip that takes us farther than we wanted to go.
We can’t step “outside the map” and see the big picture of our life’s journey from beginning to end.
But God can. That’s where He lives.
…in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
And since He alone can see the big picture, He’s the only One who’s really qualified to give us direction. And that perfect direction can only be found in His word.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. Ephesians 2:1-3
He tells us the detour we need to take:
…repent and believe in the gospel. Mark 1:15b
He shows us the right direction to go:
…what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness…
2 Peter 3:11
And he reveals our ultimate destination:
Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:17
Not using “God’s Positioning System”?
(Don’t groan and roll your eyes. You should have seen that one coming :0)