This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “way.”
Which way to go?
As someone who is “directionally-challenged” it’s a question I often ask myself. The one thing I’ve learned about trying to find my way in an unfamiliar place is that if my sense of direction tells me to go one way, the opposite path is usually a good choice!
It’s a question I ask in life too. Fortunately my sense of direction is slightly better in other matters but, still, I’m often uncertain.
Should I say yes to this new opportunity?
Which way should I go when both paths look promising?
What will the consequences be of choosing one path over another?
What if I go the wrong way?
For most of us, these questions come up in the context of major life decisions- jobs, relationships, studies, choices about where to live…
…but more and more I’m realising that we face these choices every day.
Often we automatically choose one path or the other out of habit, but it’s good to stop and think:
How can I choose the way of love in this situation?
Will I choose grace when I’m tempted instead to wander down the path of bitterness?
Can I choose what is right over what is easy?
How can I stay on the path of gratitude instead of drifting onto the way of discontentment?
When I’m under pressure will I focus on challenging circumstances and give into despair, or will I focus on God’s faithfulness to his promises and choose the way of hope?
Usually these seem like small decisions at the time, but over time all those little steps add up and they do make a difference to the way we’re going.
Sometimes it’s hard to know the right way. Other times, knowing the way is easy; finding the strength to keep walking in it is the difficult part.
Either way, we are not alone.
We have a guide who walks with us, giving us the strength and wisdom to choose the right way if we will turn to him.
I don’t always know the right way to go, but I do know that HE is the way, and that he is absolutely committed to staying with us and guiding us to our destination.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”” (Isaiah 30:21 NIV)