Roads fascinate me, because they lead to wherever you intend to end up and they always move you forward. Even if you take a detour, you will eventually end up where you need to be. The interesting thing about the road ahead is that it's been the same road all along. From the beginning of your journey, as a believer, Jesus has been The Way.
During the holidays my son and I were driving to Arkansas, putting our confidence in the voice of the Australian woman on our GPS attached to my Apple Car Play. We decided to take a different route so that we could avoid traffic. We were relaxed and singing along to some tunes when suddenly the screen in the vehicle went blank and the Australian lady stopped speaking to us. We were on a dark road in east Texas with no electronic voice to tell us which direction to go. I was glad that Ben was at the wheel, because he maintained a level of cool that he gets from his dad. I used my phone to pull up an older version of a map that confirmed that we were on the right road all along and headed in the right direction. We eventually made it to our hotel just as we had expected with no Australian woman to tell us what to do.
How many times do we have it together, do we travel this life relaxed, trusting in an external voice to give us direction? Like an eighteen year old who has always had their parents to tell them what to do and suddenly that voice is silent because they are now on their own. Or those of us who have depended on the voice of a religious leader or a politician whose voice has suddenly become irrelevant on our journey and we find ourselves left to the only way that was ever meant to work. Maybe your GPS wasn't an Australian woman but the perfection of your kids, or the numbers in your bank account and in a moment you and everyone else realize that your kids were never perfect and you are in the red.
Do you freak out? Probably… Lets be honest, when that external voice no longer gives you what you are expecting there is a time of adjustment that requires us to depend on the only way that was every meant to lead us to our destination and that way is Jesus himself. As we turn our attention from what is no longer relevant, we are forced to adjust. At the time, it may seem harsh, devastating and you may even begin to panic, this is normal. All of the external things that we depend on, they will eventually become obsolete and there we will be forced to turn our faith on The Way. He has been there all along, His grace has allowed you to depend on what you know as you grow, until you reach the end of those things and you find yourself on the right road, in the dark at first, but on the right road none the less. As you grow the light will get a little brighter and you will be able to see things clearer and clearer. You will learn to relax in The Way, you will notice that your faith has no greater GPS than The Way.
As we enter 2017 forge ahead in The Way. He has got you, during the darkness. He has got you during the hills and valleys. He has got you in the best of times and in the worst of times. As you see Him and turn your attention to Him the way becomes brighter. The roads may still be bumpy at times but the light will become clearer on The Way.
Happy New Year and forge ahead, along the road we go!
Wynema Clark – Founder and Director of New Covenant for Housewives