Finding The Right Direction

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt.  The prompt today is “direction.”

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I have no sense of direction whatsoever!

If I’m going somewhere new, I have to rely on a map, or a sat nav, or someone telling me the way.  There’s no point in going with my instinct – in fact, going in the opposite direction from what my instinct is telling me might be a more reliable way to reach my destination!

But knowing where you’re going is important, as this conversation from Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll illustrates:

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where—” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“—so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

To know which direction to go in, you need to know where you are hoping to get to, and there’s no point in expending time and energy unless you’re sure that you’re going in the right direction.

That’s where vision comes in.

It’s my word for the year for 2020, and already it is making me think.

There are definitely some areas of my life where I am like Alice – wandering around, hoping I’m going to get “somewhere” but without any real idea of where that is.

I need to seek God for vision.  I need to get some idea of which direction he wants me to travel in and what I should be aiming for.

Then there are other areas of my life where I have a very clear idea of where I want to get to.  I have an idea of the general direction, but I can’t see a clear path.

I need to trust that if the vision I have really is from God he will lead me one step at a time, and I need to make sure I’m travelling in the right direction.

It’s a relief to know that it doesn’t depend on my own instincts because, while I think my spiritual sense of direction is a little bit better than my physical one, it is nothing compared to God’s.

And it’s even more of a relief to know that he walks with us and longs to guide us in the right direction.

The Lord says, I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.  I will advise you and watch over you.”  (Psalm 32:8 NLT)

So let’s move into 2020 with him, trusting him to show us the way to where we need to be.

18 thoughts on “Finding The Right Direction

  1. I love this. Yes, God definitely knows the best path for us, though we sometimes go astray all by ourselves. I like that verse from the psalm as well. 🙂

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  2. VISION – another great word for the year! I’ve read so many and they all make me think! I really like this one. Side note: I like how you started your post. Exact opposite of mine:) That’s fun!

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  3. Haha! We are kindred spirits! I began my post today confessing to having absolutely no sense of direction! Comes and goes in my Christian walk too. So thankful that God has my path in his control! I’m looking forward to all “Vision” reveals to you!

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  4. Don’t know where I’m going,
    don’t care where I’ve been.
    More opportunities worth blowing,
    more reasons not to win.
    I’ve always been most profligate
    with error and with folly,
    and if you on my future bet,
    “So sorry, mate, so sorry!”
    But please do not be thinking
    I need a shoulder where I might cry,
    instead you’ll find me drinking
    if you might, please buy?
    You will, well, fab, you are a saint,
    and I shall have another pint.

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  5. I’m intuitively horrible with directions myself. If I have a map, I’m good to go. And GPS has been a lifesend to me! I feel like I can go anywhere these days. 🙂 Vision is a wonderful word choice. I’ll be excited to see what God shows you!

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