How To Lose Your Sense Of Direction and Make It Worse Trying To Find Your Way Back:
I was once young and stupid. I am no longer young – the stupid part I’m not sure of. Here are some sure steps I have personally proven to accomplish what the title above implies. Be warned…
- Don’t plan where you are going when you’ve never been where you’re going before – not extensively anyway. Who likes homework? If you do plan, don’t spend much time studying maps or information. And don’t talk to others who’ve been there. And always assume that things on the ground will look obviously familiar as they do on a map. What are all those little annoying lines anyway?
- When you’re on your way to where you’ve never been, always tell yourself that you know where you are going. Staying at a Holiday Inn express the night before helps.
- Be distracted by the splendor of where you are, spinning around while thinking about anything but where you are going, then stop spinning and continue on in haste in the direction you thought you were supposed to be going. All roads lead to where you think and you’ll get there eventually. Right?
- Don’t notice or make a mental note of anything on your way. Being familiar with your steps and detailed things along the way will only make it easier to find your way back the same old way. Don’t be a scare-dee-cat. Enjoy the bigger view.
- Don’t identify landmarks before you begin or take note of which direction the sun is heading. Who needs constants? They’re just a crutch.
- Argue with your GPS or map, being sure you know better, especially if it is based on a feeling. What is truth anyway?
- Don’t ask for directions. That’s embarrassing.
- Always look down when you’re trying to walk a straight line. After all, you are your own point of reference. Right?
- When you’re sure you’ve lost your sense of direction and get that nervous feeling in your stomach, don’t stand still. Panic and switch directions often, aimlessly trying to find your way back. It will make you sweat (that’s the point of exercise right?). It’s part of the thrill in the adventure.
What do you think? Are you ready for the woods? Such foolishness is a sure recipe for disaster when you’re headed into the wilderness of unfamiliar territory. Although this all sounds silly, think of the implications of really getting lost in the wilderness. Nature is cruel, dangerous and most of the time unforgiving and merciless to the ill prepared. It is likely, if this describes your mode of travel, that you would not have prepared for the “what if” of getting lost. Always plan as best you can, but prepare for the worst.
So if this is not scary enough, think about the journey of life and how we often venture out without thinking or preparing. It may be just for a season or it may be an entire lifestyle. We don’t often think of life as a wilderness, that is until we are lost in the deep, dark brutality of it and realize we are exposed to some real dangers. Read back through the how to and consider your own methods of life travel and preparedness. Do you know where you’re going? Have you been there before? If not…? (go ahead)
Now take it a step further and consider how God knows where you’ve been, knows where you are and knows where you’re going. Life in this fallen world is a wilderness. It may not look like one or feel like one most of the time, but don’t chance finding out the hard way. Although this world is a fallen one, it is still God’s creation and He is still God. The fallen state of this wilderness is not a measure of His goodness, it is a measure of our badness. If we actually knew what evil and pain He held back from us moment by moment, we would never question Him or leave His side.
In this wilderness of life God has all the protection, direction and provision you need. He has a wonderful wilderness adventure for you that would prove to be Epic for you if you would only call on Him as your Guide, Provider and Protector – The One who hold life in the wilderness in His hand. His path holds the safest travel and has a most glorious destination. Contrary to popular folly, all roads don’t lead to God or His dwelling place. Life is for sure a wilderness adventure with undoubted trouble, trials and challenges. The journey requires you to have your eyes wide open to what lies ahead, and for you to be sold out to Him in your efforts, with a death grip of trust and faith in Him and all He is. Travel like this through life’s wilderness, and there will be peace beyond understanding along the way. Why? Because through this trust and faith, you will see and come to know a God who will never leave your side. Wander from Him and you’ll be exposed for sure. Stick by His side and the thrill of the journey will build confidence in who you are in Him and will encourage others to follow Him as you are.
What does God provide for the way?
- A spelled out plan through His word – The Bible.
- On the trail training with companions who will share your burdens, offer you encouragement and accountability, God’s people – The Church
- A 24/7 GPS that never needs batteries and never loses its signal no matter how cloudy it is or how thick the wilderness gets – The Holy Spirit
- A marked path along the way left by those that have gone before you – His Legacy
- The conditioning you need to preserve – He grants you repentance, forgiveness, sanctification and a faith that endures
- A point of reference outside yourself – Himself. Look Up!
- A calmness and shelter in the storms – Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Don’t live lost!