Thursday, March 18, 2010

Now what?

Have you ever been lost? Completely lost. Didn't know where to go. You knew where you wanted to end up but you didn't know which way to go to get there. You are at a crossroad, you don't know whether to turn left, or right, or go straight. It’s confusing. You have no GPS, no roadmap, just you, the road, your car, and the decision of which way to go...

Life is full of crossroads, and there is no roadmap for life. Life does not come with a set of directions, maps, or even a compass.

When we come to these forks in the road, when we are faced with the unknown, most of us prefer to turn around and go back. It’s the “safest” decision because you know the roads you came from. You are familiar with its surroundings. You know which way to go,  because you have traveled those roads for years. It’s comforting to know where you are.

But we are never going to arrive at our destination if we keep turning around, if we keep getting off track, losing direction. Turning around is going to do us no good in the end.

I’m at a crossroad in my life right now. For almost 5 years, I have been completely off track. I’m finally where I want to be, finally headed in the right direction. But now, there are so many options, I don’t know which way to go, I know I SHOULD keep going forward but I don’t know these roads. They seem scary, out of my comfort zone, and new. Mostly, they seem kind of lonely. These are the roads less traveled. I like being back in “that old town,” its where most my friends are, it’s where I feel welcomed, and accepted.

These roads that lie ahead seem like they are going to have many intersections, defining moments, will I take the right road? Will it lead me to my destination? Or will it just take me around in circles, and I’ll end up where I came from.

I want to move forward, onto big and BETTER things. I want God to lead me in the right direction, I might get sidetracked, stuck, pulled over, speed, site see, run out of gas, and maybe make wrong turns but I’m hoping that my heart will lead me in the right direction. I trust Him. He knows where I’m going, where I’m headed.

Pray that I’ll take the right roads, even if they aren’t the nicest paved roads, even if the road is a little dusty, and kind of bumpy. Pray that I’ll trust him fully. Pray that my eyes and ears will be open so that I see the signs. If the sign is Caution, pray that I take caution. If the sign is yield, pray that I stop and look both ways, making sure it’s okay to turn down that path. If the sign is stop, pray that I make a complete STOP. If the traffic light is yellow, pray I slow down. I want to go through this journey with as little complications as possible.

And mostly pray I stay on track and that I don’t turn around and head back for disaster.


A Skin Bag for Jesus! said...

Wow!!! I'm more impressed with every next thing you write! I was lying here trying to think of what I can tell those guys in prisons..... and I'll be, you said it perfectly here! I could basically just read this to them! :)

And, too, I LOVE the visual! The picture was perfect! .... leave that to you!

I love you.... more every day!

A Skin Bag for Jesus! said...

Wow.... check out my meditation and verse of the day. It soo fits here:

Are you confused by conflicting advice about which direction to go? Before taking another step, find a quiet place and listen to God.

"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it." -Isa 30:21

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