Sunday School Student: “Why did Moses wander in the desert for 40 years?”
Female Sunday School Teacher: “Because even back then men would not ask for directions.”
Okay, forgive me, Lord, for that one. But, if we have ever ridden in a car with a man for a distance greater than around the block, then we know it is too true. Men will not ask for directions!
Don’t worry, I’m not about to bash men. Just to be fair I will share an equally painful confession about women. We are notorious for being backseat drivers! Now many, like my mother, will not actually get behind the wheel if anyone else in the car has a valid driver’s license, but they (she) will give you guidance every turn of the way. Slow down! Look out for that car in front of you! Don’t park there. You’re too close.
But back to the men. Well actually if we step out of the car, MOST of us will find that as we navigate life we don’t stop and ask for directions. Proverbs 3:1 cautions us, “My son, do not forget my teaching…” Verse 6 follows, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (NASB)
But no sooner read, we forget this invaluable teaching – in ALL ways we are to acknowledge Christ so that He will make our paths straight. Another translation of Verse 6 says, “He’s the one who will keep you on track.” (MSG)
My daddy loved to travel and often took us on family trips when I was a child. Not being wealthy, much of our travel was via the family station wagon. (Yes, we had one of those with the wood veneer sides.) I can still see him sitting at the kitchen table with maps and Atlases spread about as he was planning our next venture. (For you Millenials, understand there was no GPS!) What is key is that daddy consulted the maps and atlases BEFORE we ever put a suitcase in the trunk! And that is what your heavenly daddy would have you do. Consult the maps and atlases – His word, His teaching – before you begin the journey!
And just as my daddy consulted those guides before every trip so you need to consult yours before you begin every day. How? Next blog entry…