I’m not great with directions. Somehow I lack that instinct that tells me which way is which. North, South, East and West are usually unclear to me unless I look at the little compass on my rearview mirror. I like to think it’s because I have moved so many different places throughout my life and things start to run together after a while. Whatever the case, I’ve come to terms with never instinctively knowing the “right way.”
Because of this, I’m grateful for technology. I use the GPS on my iPhone religiously. Even when I think I know the right way, I often use my GPS anyways just to be sure. Because of this I rarely get lost.
Before iPhones and GPS systems were installed in vehicles, you could purchase a GPS that stuck to your windshield. Remember those? A few months before I went to college, my dad bought me a Garmin for Christmas. I guess he knew I struggled with directions and thought this would help. Ha. Turns out, my Garmin was helpful, but often left me a bit frustrated.
Since this was a newer piece of technology, there were times it would lose connection or the service would drop. This almost always happened when I came to a fork in the road and wasn’t sure which way to go. Since I couldn’t stop in the middle of the road, I would have to take a guess. Undoubtedly, I would choose the wrong option…almost every single time. I would hear Garmin telling me to “turn around” and the digitized road on the map would suddenly turn red.
When I think about my directionally-challenged mind, I am often reminded of Matthew 7:13:
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” Matthew 7:13 (NIV)
Wide is the road to destruction! The road that leads to destruction is often the most enticing to us humans. We come to a fork in the road and somehow the wrong way seems right. I think it’s because in life, the wide road (the wrong way) is the easiest. It’s the road we were born to travel on…a road that will ultimately take us to a very bad place. However, somewhere along the way we come to a fork, an opportunity to exit. At that point, we are to choose the hard way on Earth that leads to eternal life in heaven, or the easy way on earth that leads to eternity in hell.
The wide road is our way. “Our way” says it’s important to “be a good person,” there are few rules, no standards and is inclusive of all religions and ways of thinking. When life gets tough, “our way” has many exits along the way – it’s the easy way. But in the end, you experience total loss.
The narrow way is “God’s way”. We are on the straight and narrow, living a life for Him and only Him. God’s way leads to life and has a higher purpose.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)
In many ways, before we know Jesus we are like my Garmin. We get confused and sometimes lose track of where we are. We take ourselves down a path that isn’t the right way, even though we are doing our very best to find the best path.
But once we choose God and follow His path, we upgrade to the iPhone – the GPS that directs us to avoid traffic jams and takes us the quickest route possible to arrive at our ending destination.
While we do have one big fork in the road in life (choosing God’s Way or Our Way), once we choose God’s Way there are micro forks in the road on a daily basis. We make decisions each and every day. Our sinful inclinations want to take us down our path, the path with the confused Garmin blinking a red line at us. However, when we choose God’s path, we are ALWAYS taking the most efficient route.
“As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.” Psalm 18:30 (NIV)
Don’t take the wide path, the one that the world says is best. You will regret it. Give your life to Jesus and let Him direct your way. Because unlike my Garmin, He doesn’t leave you hanging when you get to a fork in the road.