“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Have you ever been lost? I mean really lost, without any clue as to where you were or how to find your way home?
I have more times than I can count. I inherited my mother’s seriously challenged sense of direction. Before GPS existed, I was always lost. If my mother and I were in the car together then all bets were off. One weekend we were heading out to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and ended up in Delaware. I still have no idea how that happened but we had a good time in Delaware.
Have you ever felt lost in life?
Come on, be honest.
I know I have and it’s terrifying. It feels like being lost in the city after dark, no cell service, trapped in maze of unfamiliar streets having no idea how to get home. Your heart is pounding and your palms are sweaty. All you can think about is how the police will find your cold dead body and if your chalk outline will do your figure justice.
Knowing where to go and how to get there has always been difficult for me.
I have been on quite the journey in the last four years, walking through the end of Courtney’s life and beginning again without her. I have wandered far and wide, discerning if I was even close to being on the right path, of being where God needed me to be. I have been frustrated and angry, scared and alone as I hit road block after road block.
How many times has the Holy Spirit prompted me to move in one direction and I send up my objections by turning in the opposite direction. Whether due to fear or my lack of confidence in my ability to accomplish what God is asking of me, I very often said “no” and took a left turn to nowhere.
So how do we know if we are headed in the right direction? How do we discern which road to take? Where is God’s Positioning System when we need it.
When I am feeling lost the first thing I do is begin the conversation with God. Prayer changes things my friends. I speak boldly and share my heart with God. He knows my desires and I trust Him. He has been faithful and so incredibly generous with me. He has never failed me even when the road is bumpy and there are pot holes at every turn. If I have questions or am confused by what He may be asking of me, I pick up my Bible and I listen to Him speak.
It’s my course correction moment where I recalculate with a little more emphasis on God’s voice and a little less on my own.
What I have gleaned from reading the Scriptures the last four years has changed everything for me. I have prayed over Psalm 16 again and again and again. Written by David during a time of great doubt and confusion in his life, David turns and puts his complete trust in the Lord. He takes refuge in God and acknowledges all the ways God has protected and guided him, giving direction and encouragement. He knows he will not be lead astray as long as he follows the way of the Lord.
Scripture is a great GPS my friends. It brings clarity and proper orientation to the path God is laying out before you. Even if you chose to take a left turn instead of a right, God will direct you back to Him. He takes all of our doubt and reluctance and provides the grace and strength to glorify Him and the call he has placed on our hearts.
Don’t be afraid of the direction God is leading you in Trust in His word and His grace. He may challenge but He never disappoints.
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