A few years ago after my husband and I moved to Florida, we were searching for the nearest Williams Sonoma. We found one across the Alabama border and decided to make the trek over. My husband was driving and I was navigating. After about an hour, we were coming upon the exit we needed to take. So, I instructed my husband to exit and turn right. As we continued driving, the restaurants, retail stores and grocery stores started disappearing and more trees, land and open skies greeted us. I thought this was kind of odd, but kept plugging along to what my maps app said.
As we got closer to our turn, I told my husband to slow down and turn left. When we arrived at our turn, my husband looked at me unsure and I felt the exact same way. Ahead of us where we were supposed to turn was a red dirt road and a no trespassing sign! Needless to say, I navigated us to the completely wrong place!! From that point forward my husband and I decided that it would be best for him to be the navigator and me to be the driver!
We look back on that story and laugh because I was pretty insistent that Williams Sonoma was still down that road even despite the no trespassing sign. That story always makes me think of how we interact with God in navigating our life.
Often times, we can be insistent thinking that we know the best route to take for our lives to unfold or end up where we think is best, but God is the almighty, all-knowing, sovereign Lord who truly does know the best path for our life. This scripture demonstrates that perfectly:
“’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’” -Isaiah 55:8-9
This verse is always such a great reminder to me that I often think I know what’s best for me, but normally I end up down the red dirt road with no clue where I’m going! It’s so comforting and freeing to leave my future and path up to the God who is all-wise, all-knowing and all-loving. I desire for this to be the cry of my life as I seek the one whose thoughts and ways are higher than mine for my life:
“But as for me, it is good to be near God.” -Psalm 73:28a