Just a few years ago we had paper maps of destinations or Atlas’s filled with multiple maps in book form for our guidance in travel. These maps were not interactive. It took time and planning to figure out where we currently were on the map, read symbols and legends while we determine the best route for us without a computer voice leading our way. We even had to exercise our mathematical abilities to determine our ETA.
In some ways, we planned our trips blindly as we didn’t have all the information we needed. These maps were not always updated with new roads, nor did they give us any indication of current traffic levels or construction zones. We knew while planning that we may come across many obstacles and detours on our way. These situations may steal our joy, cause emotions, frustration and loss of our time.
It was sometimes humorous watching someone attempt to fold the map back up. They usually ended up smacking the huge piece of paper that covered the entire windshield in size, together in exasperation anyway they could get it to lay flat. Very seldom was a map ever folded back up the way it came from the printers.
Fast-forward to today! We now type in our destination address on our phones and we have these updated features being verbally read to us. An annoying back-seat driver is not the one doing the map reading, a computer is leading us. This modern device leaves us available to simply follow the directions we are hearing, leaving us free to drive without taking our eyes off the road.
When we have a need for a map, we have typically already have chosen our destination and are needing assistance on the direction of our desired path. While we are simply trying to get to our destination we sometimes want to take the quickest route and sometimes we are looking to enjoy the journey and am hoping for a gorgeous scenic view.
As a Christian, we have chosen our destination of eternity to be Heaven! What path are we taking? Who are we allowing to lead us? Who are we listening to? Do we need a rest area? Do we need to fuel up? Have we gotten off on a detour, possibly on an unrighteous path with hopes of ending up in a righteous destination? Are we driving in the dark in fear of what we cannot see? Is there construction ahead causing a spiritual delay? Have we gotten ourselves into a spiritual accident and caused ourselves unnecessary ruckus and lost our focus? Have we forgotten the purpose of our journey? Do we need to turn around and get back on the right path with the correct leader?
Psalm 119:105 – NIV
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 25: 4 – 5 – NIV
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 23 – NKJV
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.