Please welcome Linda Shenton Matchett as she shares words of wisdom for those who are directionally challenged. Thank you, Linda, for joining us today. 

In England, blackout restrictions were also enforced, and street signs were removed in anticipation of a German invasion. Other countries, such as Australia, New Zealand, and Germany also implemented blackout rules. Yet, people continued to walk, ride their bikes, or drive their cars in these conditions. It’s no wonder stories abound about people running into each other in the dark, and more than a few auto accidents occurring.

My sense of direction is abysmal, so I can’t imagine living under those conditions, especially here in the Northeast where we get little more than nine hours of daylight during the short days of winter.

I used to be the woman in the mall parking lot who wandered around looking for her car. Now, I park in the same general location each time which enables me to usually find the vehicle with no problem. Over the years, I’ve learned to read a map, but my vision isn’t great, even corrected by glasses. As a result, I don’t always see a street sign or I misread it, causing me to drive past instead of taking the turn. Losing my way can be a problem since I live in rural New Hampshire. Pulling over to ask directions isn’t always an option.  Some places where I’m traveling the houses are few and far between.

Fortunately, GPS has solved my difficulties in finding new places. “Jill,” as my husband and I have nicknamed the device, tells me exactly where to go, and she hasn’t failed me yet. But I have to trust the information she’s giving me.

Isn’t our spiritual life like that sometimes?

We traipse through life wondering if we’re going the right direction. Or we head toward a destination, blind to the fact that it isn’t part of God’s plan for us. Maybe we have our heart set on something and race to achieve it, praying afterwards for Him to bless our efforts. Instead, we should use our GPS (the Bible) to help us discern the correct path; God’s path. And we need to trust what He is telling us.

Occasionally, it feels like God is sending me in a direction that doesn’t make sense, but that’s because I don’t see the big picture. It’s only later that the pieces fall into place for me to understand why I needed to take that particular journey. Sometimes the trip is for my own edification or education, but sometimes it’s so I can help others in their odyssey. Either way, I need to remember to keep God in the driver’s seat, because He will get me where I’m going.

How is your sense of direction?

Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent for the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library.

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