Saturday, June 03, 2006

Without a map

This post will mainly be something that has been on my mind of late. I'm pretty sure that it has been on other people's mind as well. The question of: "What to do with my life and where to go?" I would like to share some of my thoughts on this matter with everyone, because I have a feeling that I have been at this junction more than others I know. It is part of life to travel down a path not knowing where it leads. We do not have a plain and simple map that we can look at as we would look at a road map to plan a road trip. We cannot see how the different events are connect as long as we are in time. When we are in eternity we will be able to look at the path we walked in life and see the beautiful plan God laid out for us. But for now we do not have a map, but we have something much more important, we have a compass to guide us. This may seem odd but none the less true. I don't know how many people who read this have ever had to navigate by compass, so I will share alittle of what it is like. A compass gives a bearing to guide you through a dark wood or across a plain without regards to what obsticles are in the way. The bearing is a guide to an end and will not give us the middle path of the journey. Sometimes we will have to diverage from the path we were on due to a river or a cliff that we need to get around, but still we have the bearing to follow. The questions that remain are: what is the compass and what is the end which we are being guided to.

The later of these questions is quite simple we are being guided to Heaven and life with the Triune God. That is the intended end of every single human life. We are to be there with Him, but how do we get there. Now that is the annoying part for us. On our own it is impossible, but God in His infinite wisdom has given us a guide, a bearing to follow. The compass for each person has a name, the name above all other names, Jesus Christ. The only way to know where we need to go in life is to know the one guide we have through life. Know Jesus and you will come to know where you need to go. It will not be obvious at all. But walk the path that has been set before you in faith and in communion with Christ. Do this and you will always find that you are exactly where you need to be each day of your life. This may seem good in theory or else just make no sense at all. But it is very practical in reality. When you take your eyes off of Jesus is when you will get lost. I know that more than I would care to admit, but none the less it is true. In my life it is when I have lost sight of Christ that I have been lost. We will have times that we feel lost when we are following Christ, but if we are still following the path He has put before us and have not stopped looking to Him than we are not really lost. The only One who really should be in control of your life is in control of your life. It is a time to learn to trust and have faith in Him. Remeber that Jesus is Lord over our lives. Live that simple phrase and you will always have a bearing in your life and a compass to lead you.

I hope this makes sense and is helpful to someone out there. I felt that I need to write it. Any questions?


Emily said...
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Emily said...

Ah yes, TRUST. That is something which does not come easy to me... even though God shows me time and time again that HE is in CONTROL, I always worry and lack trust. I am working on attaining the virtue of trust and letting go of wanting control of the universe...hehe, not really, but you know what I mean. I think having been broken for the past year has really helped me slowly but surely learn to trust GOD and learn to breathe again.

Emily said...

"Be optimistic. Don't you be a grumpy; when the road gets bumpy, just smile, smile!" It's an old song. I thought you could use it today! :-)

btw, on your site tracker and on mine, it always says I'm from Illinois or Georgia. I have no idea why. But when it says that, it's me. :-)