Isaiah 30:21 “Your ears will hear a word behind you. ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right or to the left.”
The fog had settled over the area like a thick gray blanket. Its density obscured all of the familiar sites from view, making it hard to discern the surrounding landscape. This normally would not be much of a problem except that this morning we were in a boat, on a lake, and lost!
Rising at the break of dawn, our family had met at the Camp of the Woods boat dock, one of our favorite Adirondack vacation spots. While visiting John-Keith, who is working on staff this summer, we had planned to water ski while the water was smooth as glass and other campers were still snoozing in their bunks. When we thought the fog was lifting, we all boarded the sleek motor craft and entered beautiful Lake Pleasant.
Our jaunt was soon cut short when we realized that the fog was thicker on the lake’s surface than it was on the land. We quickly lost vision of the dock and surrounding shore, and realized there was no simple way to find our way back, let alone water ski.
There was only one thing to do. We cut the engine and waited. The guys searched their phones for GPS signals to give us guidance while the rest of us scanned the shore to find any familiar shadows that would give us an indication of where we were.
As we sat drifting quietly through the blinding mist I could not help but think how much of life is like this experience. We set out to accomplish a goal or do what we think is the right thing, and we end up in a blinding fog wondering what went wrong and which way to go. Often we experience moments of panic wondering if everything will be ok and if we will ever find our way back home.
Yet even though we may feel lost, there is One who knows exactly where we are, where we are going, and how to get there. He longs to be gracious to those who are His and waits to shower compassion on us. Those who long for Him will be blessed for He never forsakes His own. He is a gracious God and when He hears the sound of our cry, He will answer. When we listen carefully, in God’s timing our ears will hear His voice behind us saying, “This is the way, walk in it.”
As the uncertain moments of our early morning adventure dragged on, each person on board the boat listened and watched intently. Soon we heard the sounds of nearby cars moving down the main road of the small town. We knew that we had drifted quite a ways from the boat dock. So turning the wheel, John-Keith maneuvered us back in the other direction and, following the GPS signal, we finally found our way back to the moor.
So, too, in life, when you are drifting directionless through a foggy situation, cut the engine and wait! Call out to God for guidance, scan the horizon, and listen intently. Soon you will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” He will make the directions clear and He will guide you safely home. – Love Mama
Sandra Sheridan is a Greene County resident and guest columnist.