We just got back from a good 'ol fashioned family road trip. 13 states in 15 days, 5200 miles...all together, on the road. It was a very long and adventurous trip. One thing I learned was that my husband HAS to drive. Not that I didn't offer, he just prefers to be the driver. Fine with me, I got to be the Navigator.
Now, we do have a GPS but I loved looking at the atlas. Many times, I would find something on the atlas and have my husband reprogram the GPS so we could follow my path.
You'd think that with both of those we'd never get lost, right? Funny thing, we did. Several times. They make for good stories now, but at the time it was frustrating. Circling around, fussing at the GPS, and even with my trusty atlas, we had to meander around until we found the main highway again. What a sense of relief that brings-finding your way after being lost.
The technology of today is astounding, but it can still lead you astray, as our GPS did (on more than one occasion). There are things of this world that can do the same for our children, and for us. The newest, latest, greatest, whatever. They have to have it!! But is it good for them? Is it good for us?
Made me think that as much as much as we plan, things always go astray. As much as we plan for our children to grow up a certain way, they are their own people and we quickly find that they have to make some of their own mistakes to learn. Just as we did. So if they try it on their own, what will help them make good decisions?
The Bible. That's it. It's more than our atlas. It is our map to the way God wants us to live our lives. But if we never open it, we will get lost. Follow the things of this world, you get lost. Even with study and reading of the Bible, if we choose not to apply what we learn, we get lost. But with careful teaching, and thoughtful meaningful prayer we begin to navigate our way through life. We make better choices. We are more careful with our thoughts and our words, and actions. God's word is the light to our path.
" Light of the world you stepped down into darkness, open my eyes let me see."
Sometimes it takes a few detours to find our way back. Back to the life our Lord has planned for us. One of our jobs as moms is to teach our children how to find their way when they are lost. We teach them how to live by modeling and gentle instruction. We teach them by doing what God as instructed us to do. Through the Bible.
Make me know Your ways, O LORD;Teach me Your paths. ~Psalm 25:4
Don't rely on the things of this world to get you where you need to go, rely on the Lord, and His word. God sent us his guidebook, our instruction manual. All we have to do is open, read, and follow. Navigate your way to the life God intended for you. :0) My prayer is that we follow where the Lord is leading us.
Many blessings on your journey...Where are you headed today?
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