Let’s say you walk into a maze. As you progress, you make a right turn and think this must be the way forward. Then you make the turn and end up at a dead end, feeling disappointed and lost. But you pick yourself back up and try again. You make some progress as you go through the maze but you’re always running into dead ends. What if you had some help? What if you had someone overseeing your maze and could tell you where to go?
Well in real life we do. Life can be very much like a maze. We sometimes struggle with decisions because we don’t know where those decisions will lead us. Will it further us in the maze or lead to a dead end? Sometimes we go through turns in our maze that lead us to dead ends and leave us feeling lost and hopeless. But if we stopped trying so hard to figure out which turns we need to make in the maze, and let God guide us, navigating the maze would be a lot easier. Now that’s not to say God won’t lead us to some dead ends, or what might feel like one.
We should let God guide us even when it might seem like we’re walking towards a dead end. God has given us the power to breakthrough! To many other people you might seem crazy, but it might end up being a shortcut! Having to go through the process of dealing with the dead end, rebuilding yourself and speaking LIFE to the DEADend so it can breakthrough for you, can accelerate your growth. You’ll be more ahead in your maze than you ever thought you could be!
It’s not always easy to let go and let God. It seems intuitive that you’re the one living your life, so you should make the decisions. You might be at a crossroad where you have to make a decision and you want an answer fast. Go left or go right? You think you should go right and God is taking a while to get back to you, so as the decision maker in the maze, you go right. It can be especially hard sometimes to let go and trust God, because letting go and letting God means waiting on him. It can mean taking a step back and spending time praying and fasting instead of making the quick decision for yourself.
But let me tell you, letting go and letting God be the director of your maze is truly amazing. There’s a peace that comes along with trusting God. When you spend more time in prayer, there’s an empowerment that comes when you realize that prayer really does work. There’s a joy that follows you around when God is the source of everything for you. There’s an overwhelming sense of gratitude knowing how much God loves you. There’s an overwhelming sense of gratitude knowing he sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to die for you. There’s a joy in knowing that when you exit the maze, eternal life in heaven is what awaits you.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6