Yielding to the Map

yieldYou make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:11)

My dad loves maps. He often sat in his chair at night with a large atlas in front of him. When he interviewed for a job which included helping motorists with directional and other assistance, he was given several maps and a situation: “If someone calls from town A and wants to get to town B, what instructions would you give?”

Without looking at a single map, my dad asked, “The fastest, shortest, or more scenic route?” then proceeded to give specific direction options.

My dad’s trip plans took us to some beautiful, off-the-beaten-path places. A couple times his plans took us to a less-than-desirable road, like the one-lane gravel road through the Colorado Rockies.

I can say the same about life plans. Sometimes plans work out exceptionally well, and sometimes something unexpected gets in the way and takes us somewhere we don’t expect. The road is bumpy, unfamiliar, and treacherous.

The best plan we can make is to seek and follow God’s plans. He knows when it’s best for us to take the fastest route. He lets us know when it’s better to take the shortest or fastest routes in spite of the time either might take. He knows when the scenic route is worthwhile. He always knows the best option, every turn of the journey.

Even as you follow God’s plan, the journey won’t be perfect. There will be bumps, detours, and confusion. There’s an essential sign along the road of God’s plan for you: Yield. Yield to God’s plan, and you’ll be where you’re supposed to be, even when you think your plan might be better.

Pay attention to the yield sign today, letting God determine your direction and pace.

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