“I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way. I will brighten the darkness before them and smooth out the road ahead of them. Yes, I will indeed do these things; I will not forsake them.
–Isaiah 42:16 (NLT)
A few times a month, Timothy and I visit with the residents of a local nursing home. Until recently, getting around the maze of hallways of the nursing home was somewhat difficult. (We are both visually impaired, but we’ve heard those halls often stump people who can see perfectly well.) Luckily, my stepfather has really helped us out during the past few weeks.
He created a tactile map which gave us a basic overview of the home’s layout, and a couple weeks ago he made an audio recording which described all the twists and turns in detail. Tim and I just got back from our latest visit, and we had no trouble getting around, thanks to that map and recording.
We all have to admit that the world we live in is just as confusing as the nursing home once was for us. We tend to think that we are in control, and we can navigate this crazy world by ourselves. But when things don’t go as planned and the unexpected happens, do you know where to turn for guidance?
I believe that God’s word, the Bible, is just like a road map. If you are willing to search within its pages, you’ll find information that can lead you out of any circumstance life throws at you. You may be dealing with illness, relationship problems, self-doubt, anxiety about an important event, anger, sadness, or the presence of sin in your life. God’s word is full of passages which will comfort you and help you decide what to do next.
Praying to God is an even more direct way to ask for His wisdom and guidance. God has said that if we are willing to become intimately close to Him, we can cast all of our cares on Him, because He cares so much for us. He also said that if we humbly pray to Him and ask our questions, He will always answer our prayers. If God doesn’t answer your questions or help you to solve your problems right away, keep on praying and He will soon help you out.
I truly hope that you are in a personal relationship with God, because He really wants to help guide you whenever you lose your way in this world. If you don’t know Him, study His word and ask Him to take the steering wheel of your life. If you do know God, remember to keep reading the Bible, and seek His wisdom whenever you don’t know where to turn.
The global positioning systems this world gives us are constantly changing, and they aren’t always reliable. But God’s promise to love and guide you through life will never change.
Thank you for reading this, and may the Lord give you a wonderful week! We are trying to reach people who are hurting, so if God lays it on your heart, please consider becoming a partner with us. If you would like to make a donation, please visit www.hcmachaplains.org and click on the Donate Now link. You may also send your donation to http://www.gofundme.com/tznwnc. Finally, you can send donations by mail to HCMA (Healthcare Chaplains Ministry Association). Our ID number is 560. The address is 377 E. Chapman Ave., Suite 260, Placentia, CA 92870.
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