“Make Your ways known to me, Lord;
teach me Your paths.
Guide me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation…”Psalm 25:4-5
“Teach a youth about the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.”Proverbs 22:6
My younger son is now in driver’s training. Riding with him brings back memories of the time when I was learning to drive and shortly after I earned my driver’s license… There was the time I closed my eyes in the turn lane when I realized how close I was to the car in the next lane. Another time, I slid on ice and bumped into the back of a car. I started to get a lecture from the owner of the car, until other cars started sliding around us. I also had a wreck and a speeding ticket in less than six months and had to get my own high risk insurance policy. When my son asks me why I give him so much instruction, I tell him one of my related stories and hope he understands.
I have often prayed that I would learn from others and would not have to make all the same mistakes myself. I also pray to learn from the positive actions and traits of others. Being willing to listen to their counsel can provide direction to the path that may be best. I know it is important for me to share what I’ve learned to help others as well.
The Bible gives us instructions. With today’s technology, a quick search can find many verses to help us in our current circumstances. We can always ask God for help and listen to His guidance because He has been — and always will be — all knowing, and the One who loves us most.
Thank You for your Word, the ultimate authority for how to live, with guidance and hope for all the situations we encounter. Thank You for those You have placed in our lives to teach and guide us. Thank You for protecting us when we make poor choices and for loving us the deepest. Please help us share our stories with others to encourage them to choose the best route for their journey.
In Christ’s name, Amen.
Journal: In what areas are you seeking direction today? Is there someone who could benefit from your story?