More lessons from summer vacation, or,

On the cloverleaf of life, where do you get off and ask for directions?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.”
Prov. 3:5-6 (ESV)

I recall a family trip to Knoxville, Tenn., back in the mid-1970s. I don’t know if Dad took a wrong turn, or if there was road construction, or what, but somehow we got lost in Knoxville. (Of course, this was long before cars came equipped with global positioning systems.) We drove in circles for quite a while before Dad stopped to ask for directions. After that, I think we reached our destination just fine.

Most of us — females as well as males — don’t like to admit when we’re lost. It seems weak, it’s embarrassing. And yet, we waste so much time driving around in circles and getting hot and frustrated when a few minutes in an air-conditioned service station would get us all straightened out and back on the right route.

There’s a reason why God tells us repeatedly to trust him: Prov. 3:5-6, Matt. 11:28, 1 Peter 5:6-7 are just a few of verses that remind us to lay our burdens on the Lord, to trust him to guide us through confusing times. We need constant reminding that being “lost” is a fact of our human condition. The only way we can stay on our path is to keep our eyes on God and trust his guidance (sort of a holy GPS, if you will).

Only God knows the master plan and he can see the path we need to take. We just need to stay tuned.


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