Many have joked that for forty years Moses’ wife nagged him to pull over for directions. Father Abraham may have also been challenged by Sarah to pull into a gas station to get steered right. Many others in scripture found themselves wandering – wandering into the perfect will of God.
There are times when we truly seek to follow God but are unsure of our course. In those moments of perplexity, and seeking, we trust must more in the capacity of God to guide us than our ability to make out the map.
Sometimes the leading of the Holy Spirit looks like wandering. Perhaps the time of temptation in the wilderness felt to Jesus more like confusion than being “led by the Spirit in the desert” (Luke 4:1).
In every believer’s life there are wanderings. Patriarchs were nomadic but they were on track.
If your spiritual GPS doesn’t seem to be getting a signal today be filled with peace. Yes, keep asking and believing for guidance, but know the sense of wandering is part of the curriculum for those proven by the Lord!
Some wandered in desert wastelands,
finding no way to a city where they could settle.
They were hungry and thirsty,
and their lives ebbed away.
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
to a city where they could settle.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for men,
for he satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things. Ps 107:4-9 (NIV)
Steven C Johnson