Have you ever offered someone directions only to realize that after they have departed, your directions were wrong? You gave them instructions to turn left when they should be turning right? You panic for a moment and try to recover but they are already on their way. So you make yourself feel better by telling yourself, “they’re smart enough to figure it out”, or maybe say a little prayer that God will help redirect them in the right direction.
How often do we ourselves take a left when God is saying to turn right, or rush ahead when He says to “wait”. How about when the Lord’s directions seem so much longer, so we look for a faster way to the destination. Then we give ourselves permission to say, “let’s go this way instead”. But what are we missing?
Sometimes we set out to do something that we consider to be from God. He’s given us instructions on a project that seems right, almost admirable. Our hearts are obedient to His call and full of hope in making a difference. However, it is very easy to get lost and take a wrong turn. The easy way is not necessarily the right way, or the best way. You see, God sends us on a path to not only seek the final destination, but for the discovery of other things along the way.
In our earthly flesh, we put limitations on ourselves to see the one thing we are looking for, failing to see the beauty of the our surroundings. God always has treasures for us when we listen to His instructions and follow them accordingly. There are things we cannot see that He knows can bless us, build and teach us, that we don’t want to miss. In addition, what things might He be protecting us from? For instance, when we see our destination on the faster pathway, do we also see the wolves who are ready to devour us?
Our Father will never send us out into the land without providing for our journey. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”. God’s grace is sufficient and His mercies are new every morning. Remember the purpose you are working in. Distractions are the enemy’s way of tripping us up, confusing us. Don’t get lost. But remember, if you do, He is always there waiting to bring you back to where you belong.