For this God is our God for ever and ever;
he will be our guide even to the end.
When travelling hundreds of miles from home and trekking through unfamiliar territory, my senses tend to go into overdrive in an effort to avoid frustration.
Before pulling out of the drive I take every known precaution trying to avoid getting lost.. I google directions to every destination. Print, organize, and study each one. I was feeling confident in my preparations to get where we were going – as far as it depended on me.
Bright and early Saturday morning we organized our caravan. I took third position, directions at the ready.
When the leader of the caravan took a route different from those before me I reached for my phone to call Coach. I was reaching for reassurance that we were going the right way.
Not quite in full-throttle panic-mode, I was worried nonetheless. (After all, there were others following us.) My mind kept reaching for something with the answers and the outcome. I tried to relax, release control, and merely follow. Admiring the scenic view and keeping eyes peeled on first position was a means of distraction.
I had to be able to trust while “driving blind.” I rationalized that he had the tools and the plan to lead the way. When you’re in a situation of doubt, it helps to have someone to look to that will keep you on track. Someone with common goals and a shared destination.
Do you know your way? We don’t always. When we don’t, those are precisely the times our fellowship is vital.
We were made to be in relationship. Relationship with God first. And then with others. We thrive best in community – particularly a community of fellow-believers in Christ that know The Way.
Do you know the pack you’re travelling in? Do you trust the lead you’re following? It’s my prayer you do. There are times we travel in unfamiliar areas (not always a physical location). When you have to depend on someone else, I sure hope it’s one you can trust to keep you on the Highway, headed in the right direction. Traveling alone we are subject to a potential to get lost and experience detours that delay and frustrate. We may get where we want to go eventually but without the peace of mind we gain surrounded by companions.
We worked as a team everywhere we went over the course of the weekend and bonded for it. And I learned better how to follow.
Help us, Lord, to encourage one another along The Way, knowing when to lead and when to follow, ultimately trusting in You as our Guide. Amen.