by Sherry Hoffcastle
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April 18, 2001
I was going home from a weekend in Placerville, visiting my parents. I was still relying on written directions, not yet sure of which highways to take and which exits to turn off. Iím what you could say ďdirectionally impairedĒ. I could have a color- coded map, highlighted street signs, and specific written directions and still get lost in my own neighborhood. Think Iím joking? Itís happened.
So it came as no great surprise when out of the blue I look at my carefully, well thought out instructions and realize I have absolutely no idea where I am or how to get home. The stinker of it was that I was on a freeway that I didnít recognize and I hadnít seen a sign for a rest stop or a gas station in what seemed like a very long time. I started to panic. My mind began to run at 100 mph, thoughts racing at the speed of light about the crazy predicament I had managed to get myself into again.
ďHow could you be so stupid? You have the directions right here. Why didnít you just follow them?Ē And then as a last ditch effort (because I was too proud to pull off and admit my ignorance to another human being) I called on God.
ďGod, I know there are times when I can be so selfish and immature. I ask you for things rather than for needs. I know I fail you over and over again but now I really need you. Iím panicked and I donít know what to do.Ē
In an instant I was calm. I felt a presence settle over the car and invisible hands take the wheel. Suddenly I wasnít driving anymore. It was as if an unseen force took hold of the steering wheel and guided the car down strange roads Iíd never seen before, highways I didnít recognize. I was being led in a direction that was foreign to me, one that I had absolutely no control over.
Even though I was driving in unfamiliar territory I remained calm, not once losing my focus or panicking. Before I knew it I was at the bridge that separated my world from my fatherís world. Somehow I was led straight to the bridge that would take me home.
Itís fascinating how an experience like that seems to illustrate perfectly the places in life that I end up getting into. Lately I find myself constantly asking God to hold the wheel because I just donít know where I am or how to get home. Iíve been calling out to God because I seem to have gone off the beaten path. Iíve been asking for help and it seems that His idea of help and mine are two entirely different things.
Heís taken the wheel and placed himself in the driverís seat. Now Iím blindly being led down roads and highways that are completely foreign to me. Itís like thereís an invisible force leading me somewhere but I have no control over where Iíll end up. The strange part is that Iím not scared or worried. I trust my Father because I know Heís got a plan for me.
Iím listening for His voice and allowing Him to move me wherever it is I need to go. I donít know where I am right now. I have no clue where Iím going but there are strong, invisible hands leading and guiding me and I take comfort that I wonít be here forever. Soon Iíll be at the bridge and I can cross over it with confidence because I allowed myself to be directed into unfamiliar, uncomfortable territory. I didnít know where I was going then and at the moment I donít know where Iím going now but I know who has the wheel. When it comes down to it, thatís all that really matters.
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Isaiah 42:16(NIV) I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. Psalm 37:23-24(NIV) If the LORD delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand. Proverbs 3:5-6(NIV) Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Of a truth, there is nothing more difficult to do in our lives than to hand that wheel completely over to God. But oh, when we finally do, we find that there is not another thing as comforting as knowing that the Great I Am, who truly loves us, is in complete control. He doesn't get lost. He doesn't panic. He doesn't fear. And His ways, no matter where we are, are perfect. Isaiah 30:21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying "This is the way; walk in it."