Today as we travelled, I saw numerous road signs - "Detour Ahead," "Road Closed," "Wrong Way," "Construction Zone" and "Men at Work" to name a few. As our route changed and time in the car increased my mind went to work - these same signs can be seen as we, I, walk in faith.
It can be easy to make our plans, think we know the destination God has for us and map out the best route to get there. Then I set out and things don't always unfold like I had expected. At times the "Detour Ahead" sign appears on my path and God helps me change directions. Occasionally my plans take precedence over God's, I move ahead, thinking I'm walking according to His will, but eventually I see the "Road Closed" sign and realize I was wrong. It's then I have to back up, seek His wisdom and direction and begin again. As the journey continues there can be times when I don't hear or follow directions and the "Wrong Way" sign appears - usually out of nowhere!
Today as we travelled I was thankful for the signs. Yes, they changed my plans, but they kept me from danger, warned me of what was ahead and were put in place by someone with more knowledge of the roads than me. The same is true for the signs I see as I walk in faith - sure they don't have flashing neon lights, but God, the ONE who knows what lies ahead, has His way of keeping me from danger and helping me change direction.
The next time we travel these same roads there most likely won't be any construction or men at work, but I've come to realize the road of life is constantly under construction and God is always at work! I simply pray I will be quick to see the signs He has for me! Proverbs 20:24 says, "A man's steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way?" God does direct our steps, ones I don't always understand, sometimes rarely, but I'm beginning to realize if I seek His direction and follow His map I will arrive at the destination He has for me.
Friend, today as you set out on your journey, look for the signs and obey them. "Listen, my son, (and daughter) and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path." Proverbs 23:19