Life Maps

August 9, 2013


My parents used to keep a road atlas in a drawer in a table next to the sofa in our den.  It was big… maybe 15×18 inches.  Every time we went somewhere new, they were careful to pull it out of the drawer and to put it in the front seat of the car.  It was near the top of every vacation check list.

I doubt that my children know what a road atlas is. They use GPS.  Karen and I are somewhere in the middle.  We like Google Maps.

Maps.  Regardless of what form they take, every generation needs them.  How else would anyone arrive at an unknown destination?  Yes, maps are a necessary part of life. 

There have been times in my journey when I wanted a life map.  I wanted to know where I was going and how I would get there. In these times, lacking a life map, I would chart a course of my own. 

That meant establishing goals and working to accomplish those goals.  The route for my journey was from one goal to the next.  In so doing, however, reaching the next goal became the destination instead of a stop along the way.  It was a short sighted, stressful way to live.

More importantly, it is not the way God has designed the journey.  The book of Proverbs speaks to this.

                          Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
                             but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

                                                                         Proverbs 19:21(ESV)

                           The heart of man plans his way,
                             but the Lord establishes his steps.


                                                                        Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)                                                                        

The scriptures teach that God has a plan for our lives.  But it is his plan for our life.  All too often I have been guilty of creating my plan for God’s life.  That is, I decided what I wanted and, then, asked God to bless it.  That is not biblical.  Nowhere does the Bible encourage us to make goals for our life, other than becoming more like Jesus.  

So I am seeking to live more biblically. Instead of saying to God, “Get with the program so I can accomplish my next goal”, I am trying to live into his plan for me on a daily basis. 

Which changes the big question.  Instead of seeking God’s help to achieve my next goal, I now ask God to show me the next step.   Now my prayer is, “Show me what to do now.”  Really, I think it is all anyone can do. 

                            A man’s steps are from the Lord;
                              how then can man understand his way?

                                                                                    Proverbs 20:24 (ESV)

So I have given up charting a course for my life.  It never turned out like I thought anyway.   







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7 Comments on “Life Maps”

  1. Shelly Says:

    Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! So thrilled to be on this journey with you. The Christian walk is an adventurous journey and much easier to walk with brothers and sisters in Christ.


  2. Shelly Says:

    Reblogged this on Deeply Rooted in Him and commented:
    Check out the first blog of my pastor!


  3. Sharon Says:

    Definitely hijacking your prayer to start using daily – really need the Lord to show me what to do “now!”


    • thewayjourney Says:

      There was a dark, painful time in my life when Bible verses were of no comfort. They even made me mad. Eventually, God’s truth triumphs over our pain. So I offer this to you, hoping it will help but understanding if it doesn’t. These are the words of our Lord,

      “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:25-33


  4. Shawn Henners Says:

    I think you talked about this same topic to or youth group back in the day ;). God’s truth today, tomorrow and 18 years ago!


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