Maps are for the helpless.
Maps bring order and definition to the unknown. They give the user a picture of all surroundings and succinctly and precisely say, “You are here.” With a few glances, one can figure out where they are, where they need to be and the quickest way to get there without much effort or thought. There is no question about the authority of the map. What the map says, goes.
I treat God like a map. I intend on using God to show me where I am at, where I need to go and how I need to get there. And when I find myself in times of the unknown, when I do not understand where I am going, I cry out asking for clarity. In the moments of uncertainty, I believe that God has abandoned me or I am listening improperly to the map.
I thought that God’s intention was to reveal my entire life plan to me. I assumed God would show me exactly what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. God has a plan and if I just listen close enough I can make all the right choices that will lead me to the perfect life. Or so I believed.
Yet life never really works out that way. When I assess my life it seems as if God rarely points me in a specific, concrete direction. I make many decisions based not on a certainty that I am achieving God’s perfect will, but that I am, hopefully, doing my best to make decisions that will ultimately please God.
When I assess my life it seems as if God rarely points me in a specific, concrete direction.
Instead of a point-A to point-B life, God seems to give us a multiplicity of choices and trusts that we will do our best with what is given to us. Instead of a map, God gives us His Spirit. Sometimes the Spirit will lead us in one specific direction which we cannot ignore, while other times it seems as if the decision on where to go is left up to us.
The problem with treating God as a map is, when we do so, we give up our faith. If we know where we are going, how we are to get there and what will be waiting for us when we get there, we have no need to trust. The map reveals all and when all is revealed we are in control.
God does not ask us to live a life where we know what is coming. Instead, God asks us to live a life of ruthless trust and faith, relying completely and solely on Him. And when we have no idea where we are going, there is little left for us to do.
God does not ask us to live a life where we know what is coming. Instead, God asks us to live a life of ruthless trust and faith, relying completely and solely on Him.
Perhaps God does not want us to know where we are going but rather desires for us to be completely aware of His presence in our daily lives. When we become aware of Him then all other worries and preoccupations seem to fade away. When we live a life wrapped up in God it does not matter where we are going because we are already where we need to be.
You see, we spend so much of our life wondering where is God taking me, how do I get there, what if I make the wrong decisions, what should I do? We are trying to force God and His Spirit to be a map, a cut-and- dry checklist for living a good life.
Instead, God seems to say more often than not, “You are here. Here am I. What will you do about it?”