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.” (Isaiah 30:21, NIV)
Overwhelmed and in need of some sense of direction, you are standing at a crossroads unsure of where to turn. The sun’s heat is merciless as it beats down on you. The dusty road beneath your feet can take you in a number of directions, but which way should you go? Do you choose the steep and rocky road that climbs toward the horizon, or do you amble down the long and winding road to the valley below? Although the latter may seem the easier road to travel, inevitably you will have to take the high road on the other side of the valley if you are to scale the mountains that beckon you. If only you could see what lies ahead on either path, the choice would be much easier to make.
Many of us are standing at a crossroads. We are overwhelmed by the challenges we face and wonder where in the world God is taking us as we journey through this life. As we face the uncertainty of what lies ahead, we struggle to gain a sense of direction from many sources – the encouragement and experiences of friends, our own failures and successes, and whatever might feel good at the moment. But are we truly seeking God’s direction for our lives?
As I write this, I find myself standing at a crossroads. Do I content myself with devoting my energies to caring for my family and serving others in a part-time job I truly enjoy, or do I press forward into writing and ministry with the hope that I will make a difference for God using the gifts He has given me? The upward path is difficult and uncomfortable for me. It would be much easier to let go of a dream and settle for what is familiar and comfortable, but is that God’s plan for my life?
Man has not invented a GPS that will make our decisions any easier, but God has given us His Word as a roadmap and is willing to navigate us through every treacherous turn if we are inclined to hear His voice. As long as we keep our eyes fixed on the Morning Star, we can travel with certainty that we will reach the destination He has mapped out for us. The journey won’t be easy. We will encounter many obstacles along the way. But God has promised that He will be with us always, “even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20, KJV).
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