Finding The Way

May 19, 2016
by Judith Welch

John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (NKJV)

Recently, I received an invitation to one of those milestone birthday parties for a friend. However, my excitement regarding attending was dampened by the fact that the party was to be held in a home in a new subdivision of our city. I had never been there before, and my record for finding places with which I am unfamiliar is not stellar.

On the day of the party, I looked at the map and saw that all the streets were curved and winding around the perimeter of a lake. So I drove very slowly looking for the three street names that would lead me to my destination. It was then that I noticed all the beautiful homes in various styles with park-like landscaping. I was tempted to explore their beauty, but knowing how easy it is for me to get lost, I stuck to my path. I arrived at the party a little bit late, where I found that three people were on the lookout for me. With an abundance of teasing, I was welcomed inside.

Later as I was on my way home, I thought that this experience had been a lesson in life's journey. Even in unknown territory, we know the way that we should go: Jesus said that He is the way. He even gave us directions: to follow Him. But life's pathway is often curved and winding. Unexpectedly, we encounter new roads that promise beauty and adventure, and we are so tempted to follow them. If we make that first wrong turn, we are lost.

What a blessing it is to know that the Lord Jesus is our compass, our true north, and if we get lost, we can return to Him. He will be on the lookout for us, and He will welcome us back into the fold.

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for the many words in Scripture that guide us on our way each day. Help us to resist those enticing pathways that lead us astray and separate us from You. Watch out for us, we pray, so that one day, we, too, will be welcomed into our heavenly home. In Jesus' holy name, we pray. Amen.

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Judith Welch <judithwelch12@gmail.com>
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Well said Judith.


    I understand and learn from analogies and this is a winner. Thank you.


    A very nice devotional Judith. Thank you.
    Blessings.


    Thanks for a good word today Judith. I’m glad you found your way!
    Blessings.


    Great Devotional, Judith. Thank you for the application and the truth you “encompass.”
    God bless you.


    This is a thought-provoking devotional Judith. Thank-you for taking the time to share your experience.
    Blessings on your day today.
    (Ontario)


    Dear Judith:
    Thanks so much for this meditation. It spoke to me as I often get enticed by the beautiful things. I appreciate your reminder of who our true north really is.
    Blessings.


    Greetings Judith, in the name of the Lord Jesus, our constant help, especially when we wander into unknown ways! As I read and pondered your message, the wonderful Hymn “Guide Me Oh Thou Great Jehovah” instantly jumped into my mind! It’s words and your message fit together perfectly! Thank you for writing!
    (Northern Ontario)


    Judith, thank you for sharing your journey into unfamiliar territory and the analogy drawn. My dear departed mother received much teasing from Dad about her ability “to get lost in our postage stamp size back yard” as he would say. Poor Mom was so directionally challenged, she frequently became lost. I can remember having to help her find her way, even as a toddler, yet she was the one who led the rest of us to Christ. Praising God for her to this day.


    I must thank you, Judith for this beautiful devotional. You’ve given me much needed smile as I am very easily lost. Even coming out of a department store when I’m unfamiliar with the new displays. I come out the wrong door, thinking that’s where I left the car. This is very inspirational and you have a beautiful style of writing. I look forward to more.
    May God continue to bless you,
    (B.C. Canada)


    Dear Judith,
    Thank you for your devotional today.
    The same is true of when I am seeking what job/career I should have. Some jobs have looked attractive to me but those jobs are not right for me even though they still tickle my fancy.
    I’m thankful the Lord is showing me a better way. I am waiting for surgery and then, I believe, the Lord will lead me to the job He wants me to have. But in the meantime I’ve been volunteering at my church and at another church.
    May you have a good day and God bless you.
    (Ontario, Canada.)

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