Archive for August, 2009

Asking for directions

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I was working in my garage a while ago, trying to adjust the derailleur on my bike, when a lady walked up the driveway and asked if I could tell her where she was. Now, that was an odd question for someone in a quiet suburban neighborhood and she didn’t look old enough to have dementia or Alzheimer’s.

She mentioned that I was the first person she had seen that she could ask for a good while, everyone being at the beach, or rover, or camping perhaps. Anyway, it turned out that she had decided to walk around the neighborhood while her husband watched a track meet at the community college nearby. She had gotten distracted and lost her way. I pointed her in the right direction and offered her a ride, but she didn’t seem comfortable with that, though the way back involved at least 3 miles on a very warm day. She said she was a walker and enjoyed it, so it was no problem as long as she knew where to go. I said “Well, God bless you then” and she laughed a bit embarrassed, I think.

Later on it occurred to me I might have asked her if she knew the Lord, because unless she does, she is still as lost as she ever was, despite my directions. If she had replied in the negative, it would have been a great way to tell her she was truly lost, but I had directions that were worth more than anything in this world. I could tell her how to get to God and obtain eternal life. But, I didn’t think to say anything like that until quite a while after she’d left, headed in the right direction, I hoped.

What also struck me was what a great analogy it was to the cliche’ that men never like to ask directions. If you take the term “men” as referring to “mankind” then it is pretty much a true statement. Jesus tells us to seek, and we will find. Ask, and it will be given to you. But many people don’t want to admit they are lost and clueless. They would much rather keep going where they want to go, even if it means they have no idea where they will end up. People need to humble themselves and ask truthfully, “How do I get where I really need to go?”

God has all the answers. He made us in His image. He became one of us. He knows us better than we can hope to know ourselves. He is the Way, the Truth, the Life. He is Jesus the Christ, and no one comes to the Father of us all, except through Him.

Don’t be too proud to admit you are helpless and hopeless. Seek God and you will find Him, on His terms. Accept that and you will find the way HOME.

Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being'” Acts 17:27-28