person with mapI have a confession to make; I am directionally challenged.

My hubby Mike went through orienteering [map reading] when he was in the Army and can find his way around with few problems. When he’s driving in a new area, he actually likes to get lost; he claims that finding his way out helps him to learn the area for future reference.

Not me.

If I get lost, I stay lost. If—by some chance—I do find my way back to the right path, all that means is that the next time I won’t remember what is the right way and what is the wrong way.

That is why I love written directions—complete with landmarks—maps and my GPS. Before owning a GPS, whenever I used a map, I would hold it on top of the steering wheel while I was driving to the location; on the trip home, I would flip the map upside down. I kept my homemade maps in the glove box until I was familiar enough with the area and didn’t need to use them anymore. With my GPS, I keep the software and the maps updated and will always check the route it recommends before using it.

This coming weekend, I am going on a writing-related business trip. Yesterday, I had to talk to my editor about some details for the meeting. Before we got to the meeting’s content, however, I asked her for the address of the meeting’s location and—since it is to be held on a college campus—where I would go once I arrived.

I was so pleased that she gave me detailed directions, complete with landmarks and comments like, “Slow down once you get on this road; there are lots of deer.” She concluded with a reminder to call or text her should I get lost.

After hanging up, I Googled the campus and found a detailed map, which I printed up; you never know when the GPS won’t be able to access the satellite.

This morning, I was reading in the book of Isaiah, when I came across a verse which fits me:

“This is what the LORD says– your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.’” (Isaiah 48:17)

God knows my life. He knows where I am now and where I am going. I don’t need to worry about how to make it through life. He knows me and knows what information I need to reach my destination. God—His Son, His Word and His Spirit—are all I need. When I trust Him and follow His directions, I will never get lost.