Read Deuteronomy 31: 1-8
Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel: "Be strong and bold, for you are the one who will go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their ancestors to give them; and you will put them in possession of it. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." Deuteronomy 31: 7-8 (NRSV)
Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Psalm 25: 4 (NRSV)
Jeanie Jacobson lives in Nebraska. At the sound of screeching tires, they checked the rearview mirror and saw their 90-year-old uncle making a U-turn on a crowed Milwaukee street. He continued to tail their car despite the congested traffic, and he used hand gestures to tell them where to go. Ten minutes earlier, Jeanie's sister Marianne and Jeanie had waved goodbye after a visit with their uncle and aunt. Their uncle had given them directions around the construction, but the city was unfamiliar to them and they had forgotten his instructions. They were shocked to find he was following them to ensure they made it safely past the roadblocks!
His actions reminded Jeanie of the way God never abandons us. God stays with us and guides us on right paths. We may encounter roadblocks like marital difficulties, money problems, or addictions, but God provides guidance to help us navigate even the bumpiest of circumstances.
Praying, applying scripture to our situations, and praising God before we see results are like making a U-turn. They make space for God to move our lives in the direction God desires for us.
Prayer: Precious Lord, thank you for giving us new opportunities and fresh starts. Help us to follow your paths instead of our own, in Jesus' name, amen.