I love the navigation capability of my smartphone. All I have to do is plug in the address. The Maps app knows which way is the most efficient and navigates for me. I trust it to get me where I need to go, especially if it is someplace I’ve never been. Even if I do know where I am going, I use it to help me avoid unnecessary traffic.
In the same way, I need to trust the navigation God provides for me. Though I try to make my own way at times, this often ends up in a detour because I cannot anticipate the proverbial bumps in the road. God knows. The journey is so much easier when I trust His guidance.
He has a perfect plan for me and for you. We simply need to get quiet, read the Word, pray, and seek His wisdom for which way we should go in life. If you need to make a decision or need provision, lean on God. He is the Great Navigator.
The passage I am connecting to this reflection is from Isaiah 30. The section is entitled “Woe to the Obstinate Nation” in the NIV translation. Yikes. The first part of the chapter talks about those who make plans and take action without the Lord’s counsel. Help me, Jesus. I’m an obstinate nation at times for sure. Later in the chapter, the promise of God shines:
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.”
Yes Lord. Let me hear your voice. Let me walk in Your ways. May I ever be hearkening and straining to hear You. Guide me as I go forward, to the left or the right. AMEN.