Monday, September 23, 2013
Of maps and travelling companions
I plotted where we were and where we were headed; saw the various options and made choices. I had a pretty good overview of the whole drive albeit I did miss the "You are Here" pinpoint accuracy of the peg on the GPS road display...
Springing off the page this morning was Psalm 139:3
"You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest.
Every moment You know where I am."
There is a confidence in having a map and knowing how the road turns, of planning a way to get from Point A to B and having a rough idea of how long it will take to make the trip.
God's done that for my life.
It's also very reassuring to know exactly where I am every day along this way.
God's never surprised at where He finds me. I may be, but He never is.
He had a plan and He always knows where I am.
The problem comes because I don't have the map. I don't know where the road is leading and even sometimes when I feel I do, it seems then I reach where the map is folded over so I can't see possibly see what's next. How am I supposed to know where to go?!
Psalm 139:5-10 (NLT)
"You both precede and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to know! I can never escape from Your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven you are there; if I got down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me."
I'm never without the trip coordinator - the One who knows all the turns, all the stops, the elevation changes, the traffic patterns, and where to get a really sustaining lunch.
He has a plan. He knows my position and I am always in His presence.
My companion is the One who has charted out the path for me; He created the map and, I'm thinking, He even knows how to fold it!