Anyone who has known me for very long knows that I have no sense of direction. Then I moved to a very small, rural town where the roads were marked more by cemetery… church… mailbox… than road signs, and none of the roads go in a straight line much less true north-south, east-west. I figured there was no way I would ever learn my way around! So, when God told me I was going to go to the Social Security office on my own, I was in a panic. I studied the maps before I left and still ended up using Google Maps half the way there.
The trip home was a completely different story. God told me: no Google maps! Other than a quick peek to get a fix on which direction I needed to go, the lovely Google map lady stayed silent. I had to turn around three times before I found the freeway entrance. At any other time, I would’ve been been close to tears already and reaching for my phone for help, but, strangely enough, I wasn’t worried. God helped me find the right exit, too! I didn’t remember that there was another turn so soon after the exit, but God did! I saw a small clearing coming up and, as it got closer, so did the urgency inside me telling me to TURN! Then another decision up the road where I thought I needed to go straight, but it was a “T”! I had no idea which way to go! Everyone in front of me was turning left and I felt the usual temptation to follow. I glanced at my car’s compass and said out loud, “but, I think I need to go south? I should turn right.” God answered me, “so turn right then.” I knew I had just heard God’s Voice, but I still wasn’t sure if I was going in the right direction. I started to worry. But, God assured me that I had plenty of time, and that, if it was the wrong direction, it would be a chance to explore. And then I saw it: the cemetery and the church: turn left! And then again: the fancy mailbox and reflector on the telephone pole: turn left again! I had to blink back tears of joy several times: God was guiding me home!! The next stop sign was all too familiar; I knew exactly where I was then! I had never enjoyed driving anywhere that I didn’t have explicit directions for and was already familiar with the route. But, driving with God was so much FUN!!!
God never told us that life would be easy. But, He just wants us to seek Him so that we may find rest and relationship with Him. Life may be a challenge, but that challenge is so much easier, and oftentimes a lot of FUN, when we get to do it with Him! Eternity with God doesn’t start when we die. It starts now!
“I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 (ESV)