The Long and Empty Road
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The Long and Empty Road
I admit it. I’m not good at following directions. That’s the reason I suck in quantity surveying when I was in university. And whenever I wished that someday, my husband and I would be a participant in The Amazing Race, I knew that we might not win because of my poor navigation skills. The right direction is very important in reaching our destination. If we just guess our route, we’re sure to wind up in circles.
Last week, I called up the secretary of a certain church, meaning to pick up 20 books for our use. She gave me a detailed instruction on how to reach her church. I’m sure I didn’t miss out on something. When I saw the convenience store she mentioned, I was on the right track. When she told me to turn left on the first intersection, I followed it.
Then…I looked around…there were three to four houses – all under construction. “Could one of these houses the church?” I guessed. Then there was this long and empty road. If I continue driving, I thought I wouldn’t go no where. I’m sure there were no more houses, let alone a church, along that long and empty road.
So I asked for some directions from real estate agents, convenience store manager, construction workers and home owners. They gave me some directions but it didn’t help me in finding the church I was looking for. After two hours of driving, I resigned and thought I’d better look for it tomorrow. Besides, I have to pick up my daughters in school.
As soon as I picked up my kids and we reached home, I called up the secretary and told her I couldn’t find her church. “Did you follow my directions?” she asked. “Oh yes, I did. I found Macs convenience store; I turned to the right; I turned left on the first intersection. And then I stopped when I saw several houses under construction and a road that seem to go nowhere.” I said.
“You should’ve continued driving.” That’s the right way. The road is long and empty but you will soon find the church on the right side.”
Awwwwww! I was right all along! Why didn’t I follow her directions through and through? Why did I doubt?
It’s funny but all of us turned away from the right path at one point in our lives. It seems right not to continue on because our eyes can’t see where we are going. But the word of God says that “faith is the substance of things hoped for…the evidence of things not seen.” Moreover the word of God says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Psalm 119:105 says that “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”
This experience is a good reminder that I have to follow God’s words in every area of my life. Next time, I will follow the direction given by the Person who knows the Way.
- Marie Agustin (October 25, 2005)
(The bible quotations used were taken from the New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society).
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My sentiments mirror Gloria's eloquent response. The hardest thing to do, sometimes, is just to trust Him completely, no matter how the road looks. I am reminded of the scripture which says (in my own words) "There is a way that looks right to man, but its end is death." We simply cannot live by our own sight, by the ways which "look" right to us. We MUST trust the Lord. Very thought provoking article. I'm glad I found it. Or rather, that I was sent to it, regardless that I had no idea what lay ahead.
Marie: Thank you for this very inspiring article. It is wonderful, you have a God-given talent.
How many times have I walked the "long and empty road" when I have the "Instruction Manual" the Bible, where I can turn to? Marie, your article is filled with godly insights and wisdom we can live by. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Gloria