I’m not a camper, but I can understand the usefulness of a working compass. I have a history of getting lost when trying to drive somewhere new. So, I’m the person that the GPS was designed to help.
I’m old enough that a GPS wasn’t around when I was growing up. I remember my teenage prayers, asking God to give me a clear roadmap. Where do I go? What should I do? I prayed this over and over like I was expecting a paper map to fall from Heaven and whack me on the head.
While waiting for my Heavenly Rand McNally delivery, I prayed over decisions. I tried to choose the directions that I felt peace about. But still, something didn’t seem quite right.
It wasn’t until years later that I realized I had been looking at it all wrong. My prayer had the compass pointing to ME. Every question had and “I” disease: I this, and I that.
When did my magnetic North become myself? I don’t know. Even though I felt I was following a spiritual path and seeking a personal relationship with God, I still wanted some control over my life. It was my life after all.
The lesson is clear in this verse from Jeremiah 10, “LORD, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.” (v. 23)
Where is your compass pointing?
When we turn our life over to Him, the prayers will change.
- “Where do I go?” becomes “Where will YOU send me?”
- “What should I do?” becomes “How will YOU use me?”
Do you see the difference? All because we changed the focus on our compass.
A compass always points to magnetic North. Who does your compass point to?
Action Plan: If you haven’t checked lately, take a minute to see where your compass points. Offer God your whole heart and life. There is peace in knowing He will direct your steps.
Thank you for spending time with me today. I prayed for you.