I was 18 years old and I was lost in New York City. I had driven to Harlem to meet with a music producer. He asked me to come to his house to play keys on some of his tracks. I was so excited for the opportunity that I couldn't say no. But I had never driven to New York before. I had just got my first car the year before and had never driven out of the state on my own. And those of us familiar with New York City know it can be a very intimidating city for new drivers.
When driving in New York you have to know where you are going. The crazy thing is I had a map (pre GPS days.) In school I had always been an excellent map reader and did extremely well on map test. My dad gave me a map of Manhattan before I left. I confidently felt I could navigate through the city. And yet here I was lost, realizing that test and real life are not equivalent. It was dark and late and here I am driving through the city not sure what direction I was headed. I was confident I would eventually make it back to CT, but how and when was the question.
In life there are many times where we experience that feeling of being lost, stuck or panicked. You are not sure what is the right way to go. But if we only had a map, or better yet GPS, wouldn't that make life easier?
Truth is it wouldn't. Maps are created by people who have figured out the ways. There are many ways that you can go. But maps also have dead ends and one way streets and other obstacles. In life we have people that are where we are and those who are in places we are trying to get to. And yet even with help we have pivotal moments in which we are lost and can't find our way.
Here's the interesting thing about God. God created paths before He created man. He created the jet stream (Ecclesiastics 1:6) that pilots use today as part of their flight plans. God created currents in the water, sea captains have used to their advantage (Psalm 8:8.) Without paths we can not get to our destination. Without the map we won't know the different routes available to reach our destination. More importantly, we need to know which path to take. But above that we need to know where our destination is. I've heard the example of needing a spiritual gps. But God is more than that. The thing about God is not only did He create the ways, and not only does He know all the paths and the obstacles in reaching the destination, He also walked the route out. What do I mean by that?
God said before He laid the foundation of the world that He knew us. God literally started the story from the end and worked His way backwards. He knows how the story ends. So every mistake we make never catches God off guard. No matter what
road we take He knows how to get us back on course. God knows the story of your life, which also means He knows every step you are to take to have success.
Psalm 119:105 (KJV) Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
God knows the way and He also knows ever obstacle. When God released the Hebrews from slavery under the Egyptians the best route to their destination was not the Red Sea. But God knew the outcome of going that direction.
Exodus 13:17 (KJV) 17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not [through] the way of the land of the Philistines, although that [was] near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:
God will speak to those who listen and He will guide you.
John 16:13 (KJV)
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
The Spirit of God will speak to you, comfort you, guide you and He speaks to those who are willing to listen. And...this is my favorite part...He shows you things to come. This means we can get a sneak peak at what's coming. He does this in dreams and in visions.
All of this is available to you but we won't ask Him for help. I recall that night in New York as I drove I eventually saw a sign that said I-95. That was the highway I needed but the sign said last exit before New Jersey. New Jersey was the opposite direction of CT but at least I was on the right road. I was headed in the wrong direction, but at least I had made it to the right road.
Like my experience in New York we eventually find a way, not the way. I have stumbled through life far too long. Even when I've achieved my goals I've felt empty and lost. So I decided to not only allow God to be my gps and set the course, but I also gave Him the wheel. Let Him pick the destination and plot the course. One thing about traveling with the Creator is you never get lost. He always knows The Way.