Mark Kelly

Stories of faith and life

Pavement

I like getting lost!

Let me clarify that a bit: I love walking and I love visiting new places to walk around in, and I usually don’t want a town or village map letting me know where I am in relation to everywhere else. This can, at times, make my wife Kathi a little nervous, as, despite her many, many other skills and talents, I’m sure she won’t mind me mentioning that she has a pretty poor sense of direction! So, when we’re just walking along, she’s gotten used to trusting me that we’ll find our way back to the car before, often as a last resort, needing to whip out the smartphone to open up a maps app.

I seem to have an innate sense of knowing where I am in geographically. My internal compass, more often than not, knows which way is where and I have a rough idea of where to go, even if I’ve not been someplace before. It’s a little like having an internal sat-nav which I’ve learned to trust will get me where I need to go, even if sometimes we might take an odd short detour, as I said, I like to get lost a little bit, would I see as much, or have as much fun, if we just went straight from A to B?

There’s a thrilling sense of the unknown and a voyage, or a walk, in this case, of discovery, when you set out not quite knowing if you’ll make it back without help! However, there are times when we need to know how to get from A to B in a much more direct way. In the journey of life, for example, knowing what the best decision to make next it is what we all desire, we want to stay on course, as it were, with as little disruption as possible.

Here’s the thing, we don’t need a sat-nav, real or imagined, to help us feel secure and safe when we trust our lives to Jesus. In one of the Biblical Psalms, there is a line that says God will watch over us, advise us, and find the best pathway for our lives.

If we learn to trust God, rather than listening to doubt and fear about which way to go, we’ll find taking the next step on our life journey easier than without. Even if you’ve got a great sense of direction built-in, you will, on occasion, stumble down a blind alley and need to perform a 180.

Sometimes His quiet whisper will make us take a pause, and almost mid-step He’ll help us reconsider the course we have set, and we might find we need to change direction as we focus on Him – as His desired will for our lives becomes our will for our lives.

Can you think of times, where you probably know you shouldn’t be heading one particular direction? A decision just didn’t feel right, but you took the plunge and pressed on ahead anyway, and things didn’t turn out the way you had imagined?

Why not take time to listen? Set aside time to listen to that still small voice inside, the one that doesn’t sound like a sat-nav, but the one that sounds like a loving Father wanting the very best for His child.

I hear the Lord saying,
“I will stay close to you, instructing and guiding you
along the pathway for your life. I will advise you along the way
and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide.
(Psalm 32:8-9)

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