"Which Way, Lord?"
If God has a plan for every life, how do you and I figure out and follow that plan? How does God let us in on His plan for our lives? Sometimes God's will seems like classified information, way above our security clearance and pay grade. We are only informed on a "need to know" basis, and we must not need to know much, because we find ourselves so often wandering in the dark.
If only God would take a GPS approach, calling out every bend and turn, steering us through unfamiliar territory, revealing the hidden shortcuts, and even "recalculating" when we are too stubborn to follow His directions. But regrettably, even though He has more than a satellite perspective, it is not His way.
There must be a better metaphor for us. How about trading in our GPS for a compass? Instead of deep space, think about the western frontier. It seems to me that finding God's plan for our lives is more like following a trailblazer like Daniel Boone. Imagine yourself hiking through untamed wilderness without so much as a well-worn path, just little markers every so often, a notch in the tree bark, a stake driven in the ground, nothing but subtle signs along the journey. That picture is much closer to my own experience.
And here's another thought shared with me just lately by a minister friend who is a little further down the road than me. My friend suggested that when God brings us to a fork in the road, that does not necessarily mean that one way is right and the other way is wrong. We may be terrified at the prospect of making the wrong choice, but maybe, just maybe, both paths represent good, healthy opportunities. Could it be that sometimes God is just letting you choose? Do you suppose that our Heavenly Father enjoys giving His children the freedom to choose how we may serve and show our love for Him? I believe He does.
So, when you find yourself at a crossroads of decision, don't be anxious or fearful. Pray and ponder, make a choice, and move on with confidence. The God who gives you choices is the God who will always be your faithful Guide and Companion.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost