"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6
I'm not afraid to get lost. I'm the kind of person who will jump in my car, grab an iced coffee, and see where the road will take me. I will wander through unknown streets, walking and talking to the Lord and taking in what's around me. And I might be known for just taking off in unknown cities without consulting a map or navigation first. My general stance is, "I'll figure it out" and I will just walk (or drive) in the direction I think I need to go.
So recently when I found myself driving home with a dead phone and no phone charger in my car, I wasn't overly concerned. I figured at the very least, I would enjoy a nice drive and I welcomed the detour. I even comically reminded myself that the Lord will direct my steps, I need not lean on my own understanding. It took me a few wrong turns, loops around the same block, and about an extra 30 minutes, but I found my way home with no real loss or hindrance.
As I drove and thought about the ease and peace I felt wandering (or some might say, being lost), I wondered why I don't feel this same peace when I navigate life. When I'm driving or walking, I feel confident and safe that the Lord will give me direction and help me to find my way back home. I feel confident in my inner navigation system and the Holy Spirit to guide me.
So why don't I have this same confidence when I'm making decisions about my future, navigating challenging situations, or considering what path to take with my career or calling? I let worry and fear cloud out the voice of my inner GPS that's always directing me and guiding me where to go.
God is unchanging in His nature and character, and remains the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Whether we are walking, driving, or navigating through life, we can place our trust in Him. When we submit to God, we can be confident that He will guide our steps, revealing to us the path we should take. Just as a phone GPS often remains silent when we are on the right track, sometimes God's silence indicates that we should just keep moving forward. His silence can serve as a reassuring sign that we are headed in the right direction. Just keep going and reminding yourself that He will direct your path.
And this is why I never mind getting lost or wandering. It always leads me right to the heart of God, which is exactly where I'm supposed to be.
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