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Directionally Challenged
July 27, 2009By Ed Wrather

Teach me Your way, O LORD, and lead me in a smooth path…. - Psalm 27:11 NKJV.

Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil. - Proverbs 4:26-27 NKJV.

Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. - Psalm 37:4-6 NKJV.

Max Kirsch had a few drinks, and thought that the tunnel he drove into would take him to the downtown area of Bochum, Germany, so he could watch a movie. Max finally realized that something was wrong when his car ground to a halt after the suspension system on the vehicle failed. Even though the ride must have been terribly rough, he did not realize that anything was wrong until he got out of his car, and found he had actually driven into a train tunnel. Because of his taking the wrong road, Max now has to have his car repaired, and has pending driving while intoxicated charges. Taking the wrong road caused some disruption as trains had to be stopped while police and fire personnel removed the vehicle from the tunnel.

There are some who are directionally challenged, and end up going down train tunnels, and going the wrong way on one way streets. Sadly, I have just heard about another severe accident with several deaths from a driver going the wrong way. In my only experience with driving in another country, I found myself going the wrong way on a one way street in Matamoros, Mexico. I thought that was scary, so we parked our car, and found a taxi to take us to the Matamoros Market. The taxi driver knew where he was going, but I was rethinking my decision when he turned into the wrong lane to drive through a red light. I was a little concerned too when he waited for us at a bar to have a few drinks while we were shopping. Actually, our experience was mild compared to what one couple on their honeymoon shared about their Matamoros taxi ride, “If you're a fan of roller coasters, especially ones that become derailed mid-ride, you'll love a taxi ride in Matamoros. Taxi drivers have a completely different set of rules for driving than the rest of the population. Taxi drivers have no speed limit. They also have the right of way. Everywhere. The roads are very narrow, and if oncoming traffic is in your lane, the taxi driver may (and does) take to the sidewalk. Taxi drivers also use one way streets a lot. Since they are taxi drivers, however, they don't have to go the correct way down the street. This is the primary cause of the sidewalk driving, I believe. As I climbed shakily out of the taxi, I assured the driver that no, I would not be needing his services for the trip back to the border. I would walk.”

Many people are a lot like Max and Matamoros taxi drivers; they know where they want to go, but they keep making the wrong turns to get there. They want to have a good life, but really have no idea about how to successfully arrive at their goal. There are thousands and thousands of books that have been written about how to live life, but do they have the correct directional information, or are they filled with misinformation? How do you know the map of life that you have is providing the right directions? It may be that there are some great books about living life that are out there, but how do you sort them out, and find one that really works?

The great thing about the Bible is that you can trust it, because the Bible has a proven track record of thousands of years, and it has been used successfully by millions of people. The directions for life provided within the pages of the Bible have been proven to actually work in the laboratory of life. If you want to make your life path easier, smoother, and better than do this: “Commit your way to the LORD.” Study the pages of God's life map, the Bible, every day and then “He shall give you the desires of your heart,” and “bring forth your righteousness as the light.”

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