I knew where I was going, I thought. The incomplete map used to arrive was difficult to follow. So on the way home, I decided upon a more familiar path. But a few wrong turns made me increasingly uncomfortable. Neck hairs standing at attention, nothing was familiar and the map was useless. Every turn increased my anxiety. What was supposed to be easy and well-known was again difficult and confusing.
Ever follow a path which doesn’t seem right? Everyone else is there or it seemed okay at the time, but now it just isn’t. Deep down we sense there’s something better, a different path. Yet that path is unfamiliar, uncomfortable and illogical. But this is what God often calls us to-the incomplete and unknown path.
This path of following His footprints is not meant to be familiar. We are not supposed to see the whole map. God sees it all and asks us to follow. He asks us to trust He’ll lead us home. Following Him can be a hair-raising, anxiety ridden, uncomfortable journey at times. We can’t see more than a step or two in the distance. But that’s the point.
It’s not about what we see. It’s about Who we follow.
If I could see what was coming, I probably wouldn’t follow. I’d covet the easier, well-worn path. The fun, downhill glide of smiles and happiness, not the grueling uphill climb of frustration and worry. While following Jesus isn’t always a struggle, it also isn’t always easy. He calls us to stretch and mold ourselves, our minds and our actions to His will, not ours.
It’s as simple as following Him. But often I trip and stumble along the way. Distractions lead to detours or wrong turns. But God always brings me back.
In reflecting on where I’ve been and where I should go next, I realize following Jesus will always be an unknown path. I don’t have the complete map and wishing I did won’t make it appear. Offering my frustration, fear, and uncertainty to God is all I can do as I follow. Choosing to cast my cares and navigation on Him will faithfully lead me to each next step.
The road God calls us to is not always simple to see or follow. It has curves and bumps and turns we can’t anticipate. But in the following our faith flows. We learn to navigate by His lead, not our own. We faithfully follow the Map Maker.
I’m praying for direction these days, friends and wondering if you are too? Chime in below and let me know how I can pray for you as you seek to faithfully follow. Let’s keep following our Map Maker on His path to the life and the home He’s created especially for us!