A number of years ago Andy and I were ministering in the central American country of Nicaragua, before the days of Google maps on smart phones. We had hired a car and were making our own way around this very poor and war torn country. There were no road signs and the only map we could get hold of was a pictorial map of Managua the capital city where we were staying. The city has a few major traffic circles, each with specific statutes in the middle of them. These became the landmarks by which we would navigate. Many times going around the circles a few time before knowing which of the off ramps to take.
Of course the inevitable happened. We took a wrong turn and found ourselves lost. Driving around a few blocks trying to find our way out became a bit tense. We saw two ladies sitting on their rocking chairs outside their home and decided to stop and ask. With very little Spanish and their zero english, many hand signals, confusion and frustration, eventually ended up in them telling and showing Andy to put her necklace in her shirt, wind up the windows, “go izquierda, izquierda,
izquierda” which I knew meant go left, left and left again! “And get out of here”, in Spanish of course.
We had not grasped the full danger of our situation, but we certainly took their advice and their directions, and got out of there as quickly as we could.
Set your gaze on the path before you.
With fixed purpose, looking straight ahead,
ignore life’s distractions.
Watch where you’re going!
Stick to the path of truth,
and the road will be safe and smooth before you.
Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked for even a moment
or take the detour that leads to darkness. Prov 4:25-27
When we set our eyes on the road ahead & ignore distractions our way should be smooth (the principle Prov 4:25-27) – BUT…… if we should find ourselves somewhere where we feel uncomfortable or uncertain (a Nicaraguan slum, a divorce decision, an opportunity for “interesting” business practices, relational difficulties, lifetime decisions….) best we ASK someone who knows better than us. A person with street smarts (wisdom), a righteousness person, a person with discernment! A person who “lives” with wisdom!
AND FOLLOW CAREFULLY WHAT THEY SAY!
Don’t always think you always know what to do, where you are & how to navigate life’s twists & turns and unmarked roads.