And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. (Isaiah 42:16)

“Where are we going?” one of our children exclaimed. “Are we there yet?”another piped up. “How much longer?” they all wondered.

For them it seemed like eternity before we reached our destination and at times as though we may never get there, or that perhaps we were possibly lost. Oh but my military trained husband knew the course and he would get us safely to our destination.

This was back before GPS, when he carefully studied the map before we set out. I remember him sitting down with our elders, his grandpa, or his dad and when we traveled to New York or North Carolina, my uncles. They would talk about the best route and how to get there. They would determine the course we would follow.

Sometimes we would hit detours, causing us to reevaluate our course. Again my husband would get out his map, and then look to me to help him navigate and at times reset the course.

We usually traveled at night while our children slept. I would turn on the visor light and look carefully at the highlighted roads trying to acclimate myself to where we were. There were times we had gotten off the route we intended to travel and had to backtrack or turn around.

Then there were the rest breaks, you know, when one the kids, says “I have to go potty”, and we passed one three miles back, and the next one is fifteen miles away. Oh and the “quick stop to eat”, and quickly we did and were back on the road, we had a date with destiny to keep.

There are times in our spiritual life like that we get off track, some of us take a detour, sometimes we even lose our way or we become weary and spiritually hungry. There are times that life itself, takes us through detours and we find ourselves in a place we have never been. Now what?

The path seems endless and we can’t see the light at the end. We ask our Heavenly Father how much longer? Are we there yet? Where is this going? Jesus is saying just hold on, follow the map, counsel with your elders and let my light shine in the dark places of your unknown.

His Word tells us God will never leave us or forsake us. He promised He would lead us in those unknown paths.

When all light is gone, darkness abounds, many twists along the path and loneliness sets in, God said, He would never forsake us, and that He will make the darkness light and crooked things straight. 

I have found over the course of time that there are those moments that I need to just be still and wait on the Lord. I need to be fed from His well of living water and be nourished through His Word. Though we plan, set goals and prepare, there are often times that we are faced with a detour, an unexpected road closure, or a simple bump in the road.

We may not know where the road leads but Jesus does.

God has given us the keys to stay the course:
His Word
His Spirit
His Shepherds
His Light
His Presence


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