“Hey, aren’t you going to get in the right lane, so you can turn onto the interstate?” My husband and I, after running a few errands, were going to eat lunch and I just knew the restaurant was “that” way.
“No, we’re going left.”
Immediately, I looked again at my surroundings and he was right. Laughing, I said, “Listen, I’m giving you directions and you’re choosing not to follow them? Good for you!”
I’ve never been good with directions when we’re headed somewhere, even in this town I’ve lived in most of my life. Still, I’m really good at offering my opinion. Maybe if I would take time to pay attention to our surroundings when he’s driving, I’d know how to direct my husband. Then again, he might appreciate it if I would relax, let him drive, and get us to wherever we’re going.
Later, at home, we laughed again at how often I get “turned around” when we’re in the car.
Later, still thinking about the incident, I remembered several times during my walk with the Lord when someone would give their honest opinion about the best way to please the Lord. Some even offered well-meaning advice about what I “should or should not” do. In my younger days, I often felt confused or guilty because I just couldn’t be the person I believed they thought I should be. What if they were right?
Every time, though, when I talked it over with the Lord, I was reminded that we are individuals who have the amazing privilege of direct communication with Him. He made us with the ability to think for ourselves and to prayerfully make our own choices. I was also repeatedly reminded that confusion is not from God.
When I took my confusion to Him in prayer, He would teach me. Sometimes, picking up the Bible, I would find just the scriptural answer I needed. Sometimes, His words were ushered into my spirit. At times, I experienced the warmth of His loving comfort surrounding me, assuring me that He is guiding my walk. I always knew that my Father would not desert me. He is the one to turn to for the answers to my questions.
We are very blessed to have family and friends that love us enough to pray with us, to seek understanding with us, and to worship our Heavenly Father with us. We are also each individually blessed to have our own very personal relationship with Jesus Christ. When a conflict or confusion of any kind heads our way, I am thankful that God is always present and always available. His is always the true answer and always backed by scripture.
1 Corinthians 14:33 (NKJV) For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.