God’s Word for Today: Directions.
Saturday, we were blessed to be a part of a Wedding ceremony and Reception following. Part of the blessing was attending this whole affair in Brazil. Thus, I was able to observe a few different traditions than the normal I am used to in USA. I have attended 2 other weddings and receptions in Paraguay, but this was my first in Brazil. So, my overall feedback is, some things are the same and others a little different. I suppose it also depends on who you hire for a wedding planner and family traditions and such. Overall, it was a wonderful experience. I pray for all of God’s blessings with this most happy couple.
The remainder of today’s word is tied into the Wedding reception. The offering of food and beverage is always on my priority list, and I wasn’t disappointed in the least bit this time. The problem was the directions to the reception.
I thought I had this directions part in the bag. After all, there was a page on the wedding website dedicated to giving directions to the reception. Google Map and everything. No worries, no problem. Even being in a foreign Country and still struggling at times with a language barrier was not going to deter me from refreshments. The groom also stated that if I could find the Church for the ceremony, I could easily follow someone else to the Reception. Good plan, if I had followed it.
But, family needed to stop at the Hotel first. Something to do with having the right shoes for the reception. No problem, I had clear directions. Or so I thought.
The first problem, my relied-on phone for website info and maps input only worked when I had Wi-Fi. Otherwise, the difference between Paraguay cell carriers and Brazil, made my phone useless. So, no problem. I would load the map on my phone at the Hotel, and reference if needed, as we proceeded through town. Good plan until my original map was not to the reception. It was to an unknown destination on “America street” that I drove past at least 5 times because my map couldn’t tell me “your destination is here”.
It turns out the map I was using, referred to one place and the reception was at a whole different place. If you clicked on the name instead of the map, it would direct you to another map. Are you confused yet? After 1 ½ hours of touring a city that tended to hide it street signs with a label of nonexistence, we returned to the hotel for a 4th time. This time, to have them actually print me a map that I could use old school. 15 minutes and only 1 missed turn later, we arrived at our designation. All the anger and frustration disappeared as I was happily feeding my face with a plate full of delicious food.
The kicker of this story is, on the original trip to said reception, I had actually got confused, missed a turn, took a couple extra turns, and ended up on a road of what I defined as the middle of nowhere. It turns out, this “middle of nowhere” had lead me to within 50 meters of the sign designating the turn to our final destination. I would like to say it was a little sign, and I would have missed seeing it anyway, but my Lord…… just a few seconds from our destination, and because I felt lost, we decided to return to familiarity before there was no turning back.
Psalm 73:24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
How many times in your life have you been headed the right direction, had your doubts, then turned around and went back to a familiar area? I am not talking just driving directions. I am talking about many facets in your life. A job passed by. A new start in a new place. A journey in your Christian faith where God was asking you to do something you didn’t think you could handle. Any number of life’s events or habits that you came so close to the “win” sign, but fear, doubt, and the wrong powers that be, turned you back to your old familiar path.
Today, trust your prayers. Trust that God is looking out for you. Go those extra meters that feel like nowhere, but are actually the last steps to your success. Time to put the Mapquest of life’s confusion behind you. Find true direction in your Faith. God has a reception waiting for you at every destination you follow with Him. The sign is always there. Keep moving forward, and don’t fear the path God wants you on. Amen and amen………………..