Consider life to be like a car journey where you are the driver. We are in control and we make the decisions. When we start out there is excitement and a sense of adventure, we are happy to be on the road.
For those that don’t know God the journey is a pursuit of something else: satisfaction, status or a search for anything meaningful.
For those of us who have accepted God, our Creator, into our lives through the redeeming blood of Christ and the Holy Spirit, our journey takes on a completely different emphasis. We recognise the sovereignty of God and that he has a plan for our lives that has His glory at the forefront.
It is at this point that I want to draw out some useful parallels to help us.
Firstly we have an idea of where we want to go, a direction of travel that is comfortable and has an end goal. We must bear in mind that this idea may not be God’s and he may require us to change course.
Secondly, what do we do when we know we need to ask for directions. Even with Satellite Navigation systems, there are times when we seek out the local person for advice. Sat Nav is no good unless you have a specific recognisable destination. So, we pull over and ask, where is the best place to go and what is the best way to get there?
How often is this our prayer? ‘Lord help me to just do this or that’. In other words, if I can just get to this place then things will be better, and then we sprinkle in some gratitude. This is the equivalent of asking for directions and driving away before the person has time to speak.
We need to stop and ask the right questions, ‘Lord where would you have me go?’, and be prepared for the answer:
‘I have been waiting for you to stop, here let me show you the best way to go. I am going to sit beside you; you drive, and I will tell you the way. Turn around, it is going to get a bit narrow and bumpy, but I will see you through. It may feel like everyone around you is going in the opposite direction, but I will bring you home.’