I am definitely directionally challenged. Or can I say, I used to be? It was only recently that I got an iPhone and for the first time used the Google map app with verbal directions. Prior to that I would print out a map before I left to go somewhere and hope like mad that there would be somewhere I could stop along the way when I started to get to the part of my journey that needed directions. Oh the thrill and delight of the Google map lady! Her funny pronunciations of Maori street names aside, she really does rock at directions and I will never, ever go anywhere without her. I am a late-adopter when it comes to technology (as you can tell) but I do really, really appreciate it once I get on board.
When I think about wrong turns or getting lost though, I think more in terms of my life. I think I have been on a search for directions since my late teens, trying to figure out what are the best ways to live and how to deal with pesky personality issues – mine and others.
I have always thought it would be fabulous if our minds came with a “find” function, Where did I leave my keys? Answer: main folder: house, sub folder: kitchen drawer. In that same vein, what if we could easily access instructions in any given moment on how to handle life’s questions in a manner not too dissimilar to a Google search, again accessed from our mind?
From my own personal experience, I have found we do have that ability. It is at this point I will do my best to keep the Christianese to a minimum. Hard though. When life’s questions arise, or I find myself having a “moment” about a person or a situation, then I ask God for His guidance and it is always fascinating to see what happens next. The hardest part in asking the question is sometimes waiting for the answer, and not running off and doing what I think will be right. I have a tendency to say things I regret when I do that. But if ask and then allow some space (I do nothing or do something unrelated while I wait), it always amazes me how clarity comes to me that either helps me see the situation or the person differently, seeing their perspective, or a calmness will come over me that “transcends all understanding”. It’s in those moments that I avoid the wrong turns, the wrong words, the regret. Oh how I wish I knew this when I was younger.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6,7)