With some time to myself, I decided to explore my new hometown on the Thai-Burma border. Confidence was brewing after last night’s easy navigation from my home to another missionary’s home, approximately 5 miles away. I assumed I would have no trouble journeying through the small city.
Like the time I ate a hot dog… from a gas station… in Thailand. I was WRONG.
In America when you lose your way, you generally know where you are and where you want to be, and of course, the signs are in English. Imagine being half way around the world, driving on the opposite side of the road, and all the signs are in another language. I thought I was being smart by only taking one street so I could simply turn around, when necessary. Little did I know that at a point, the street converted into a one-way so when I tried to turn around, I was thrust into an unexpected path. Fortunately, I was able to find a place I recognized, but I had no idea how I arrived at the destination or how I would get home. I was lost!
For the past few nights I have been having a recurring dream about one-way road signs. Similar to my drive in the city, I kept trying to turn around and go back the way I wanted, but there was no way to achieve this goal.
Life is like a one-way street. God desires to guide us, and He wants us to follow Him and take the path He has set before us. If we try to go another route, as Christians, we become just as lost as those we are trying to lead. Turn around on a one-way street and you face chaos, the unexpected, and the prospect of injury. Don’t take a route that will disorient you or those who come into your path.
Recently, I had a friend post on Facebook that he wished life came with an instruction manual. God has equipped each of us with the perfect instruction manual: The Bible. Follow this and the path He has gifted us through Jesus Christ, and you won’t miss the road signs. Without complete submersion in the Word, there is no other method to successfully navigating this life. Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)