The road was only one and half lanes wide. Winding slowly to the top, we came around a corner and the road turned to gravel and dirt. In tandem, Karen and I burst out laughing, so hard that we cried. We were definitely lost! Have you ever taken a few wrong turns, tried to get back on track and thought you were finally headed the right way? Karen and I were headed to a meeting in Chaska and had left with plenty of time to get there. Unfortunately, our map and my GPS had the road labeled differently than what it was. With one bad turn, came another and another. I even called someone and asked for directions that lead us to the wrong location. Just so you know, I don’t usually ask directions… I think I carry the ‘male don’t ask directions gene’. When I stopped and asked someone directions a second time, we finally found it. We made it to our meeting, very late, but all in one piece and we had an adventure along the way.
This adventure reminded me of how often I think I know the way in life and don’t consult God’s roadmap, the Bible. And other times, I consult the map but purposely take a wrong turn anyway because I think my way is better.
God Word is clear that we need to ‘trust in the Lord with all [our] heart and lean not on [our] own understanding. In all [my] ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct [my] path’ (Prov 3:5,6). Many times, I say that I trust Him and then turn and do my own thing. As if I am telling Him, Yeah I trust you but my way is better or I want to do it my way now because I don’t want to wait around for when you way comes along. Ouch! Do I really do that? Unfortunately, the answer is yes.
He also says that, He will ‘instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” Psalm 32:8. God is going to give us instruction in this life. Does that mean this life will be all peaches and cream as He counsels us? No. Not all lessons are easy to learn. Even Peter said that we may ‘suffer grief in all kinds of trials’ so that our faith will be proved genuine (1 Peter 1:6,7). God is looking to see if we mean what we say and truly TRUST HIM, whether our walk matches our talk.
I need to listen to what He tells me and accept it. He promises me if I do that, then I am wise (Prov 19:20). I need to consult his guidebook (map) and there many references in Scripture to this being a daily occurrence. When He gives me instruction about which way to go, I need to follow it instead of taking another path or listening to the advice of another person, who may not know the correct way. His road may be 1 ½ lanes wide, winding and rough like gravel, but is the RIGHT direction to go.