Proverbs 3:6 – Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (NLT)

Though I could see the tower from my front porch, its being near did me little good.

My wife and I were living in a small town in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Like many others, we had decided to forego a landline and use our cellphones only. The trouble was that reception was terrible. Since I could see our provider's cell tower idling less than one mile away, I couldn't understand why I had to stand near a window or go outside for others to hear me clearly or to keep from dropping a call — until I called to complain.

"I'll put in a work order," the customer service representative said as I explained my dilemma.

A few months later, I called back to find out the results. "Well, the satellites on the tower are pointed away from you," I was told. "They always point them in the direction where the most people live."

"Can't you just send someone out to point them in my direction?" I queried.

She laughed and said, "It's not that easy."

At some point, I guess they did, because reception improved. It reminded me of how important it is to have things — myself included — pointed in the right direction. The wisdom writer thought so, too. Trusting in the Lord with all my heart and seeking His will in everything I do keeps me on the right path.

Being pointed in the right direction means that I have to walk by faith, where I use a sixth sense rather than the five that I normally use to interact with things and others. When I walk by faith, I proceed through disappointing times believing that God will construct things for the better in the end. When I walk by faith, I face financial setbacks with the hope that God will remain true to His Word and take care of my needs. Hitting relationship snags isn't a problem either. I believe that God will guide me through them as well by unkinking the kinks. Nor is needing daily guidance a problem for a future-seeing God. I may not be able to research the answers that I need, but the inner prompting of God's Spirit will give me insight.

Let's point our lives in the right direction. We'll be amazed by how straight our paths will become.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the promise of Your guidance when we set our sights on You. Amen.

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Martin Wiles <mandmwiles@gmail.com>
Greenwood, South Carolina, USA

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