Monday, January 26, 2009

Dude, Get Directions

My husband and I are involved in a Bible study group that has been meeting for a little over a year; recently, another couple joined the study. So, we take turns "hosting" and Saturday night we went to the new couple's house for the first time. Before we could get there, we needed directions to their house.

I sat down in the office of my boss last week Thursday and she gave me a list of, or directions for, specific work that she needed me to do on some cases.

I made red velvet cake last night and read the instructions on how to mix and bake the cake.

Just today, I helped friend with her new ipod and showed her how to import cds, create playlists, sync her ipod and buy songs off the Internet.

I gave the kids instructions on what do after school: fold the towels, put the clean dishes away and practice piano lessons.

It got me thinking about how much of my life is about getting or giving directions. Learning how to get somewhere or do something and then hopefully, getting others to learn the same things. For my kids that involves cooking, cleaning, taking care of responsibilities, knowing when to work and when to play, boundaries, etc. to name a few.

I also try and teach them something about Jesus and a personal relationship with him and how Jesus is a part of every day life and how he can help in every situation.

I give them directions and sometimes, direction. I hope my information is correct and that I know that I know, that I know where I'm going!

You know where this is going, don't you.

There was a period of about three years where it wasn't a struggle for me to dedicate an hour of my day, the early morning hour, to spending time with God. I suppose because my relationship with him was new and I looked forward to spending that time with him.

But the last year or so it has become a struggle; I push snooze too many times; I go to bed too late so that I'm tired and I sleep right through my alarm; I get up on time but throw in a load of laundry, then do some quick clean up in the kitchen, then fold the blanket on the couch and feed the dog and...before I know it, I'm out of time and I need to get to work.

Unlike going to a destination that I've already been, every day is different and new and I don't know the directions for each new day. But, I've become complacent; I know my "way around" well enough to maneuver each new day without the constant direction I used to need and long for. Just as I've gotten comfortable driving around in the city where I work, I've also gotten comfortable navigating my own spiritual life.

I wouldn't go to unfamiliar territory without specific directions, would you?

Abba Father, help break me of my stubbornness and doing things on my own. I know that I need you and direction from you through talking with you and through your word. Savior, help me to realize my need for you every day; I surrender my self-sufficient ways at the foot of the cross. I know I need you Lord Jesus, I don't know why I try to get to where I'm going without asking you for directions. I'm sorry for going it alone, please show me the way. Your little girl, Janelle.


  1. Wonderful post and beautifully written. I think we can all find ourselves in similar valley's. It's good that he shows them to us :-)

    Blessings galore to you. If you Twitter, come join me at Lorrie58.

  2. Janelle,

    What a beautiful expression of a surrendered heart. Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog. Your faithfulness to visit and leave comments is a HUGE encouragment to me.

    I'm looking forward to meeting you face-to-face someday.

    From one Daddy's-little-girl to another.


  3. Oh my. So well said, my friend.

    I so often want to take the wheel while driving through life....if I would only remember to let HIM DRIVE!

    Thanks for this reminder. It's much needed.

  4. Surrender is absolutely the worse thing for me to do. I am a CONTROL FREAK and letting someone else do stuff is too difficult for me to do.

    Thanks for the reminder that there is someone with 'a map' and I need to trust more


  5. I (clears throat) am notorious about directions. I don't like them. I don't trust them. Blame it on the male gene, I suppose.

    But I've found that a day begun without reading God's directions always leaves me lost.

    Excellent post!

  6. Hmmm, complacency! I find it almost dumbfounding that while I wouldn't think of missing Bible study, church or - of all things, a ball game - that I would miss my morning time with God.

    And yet I did today, and yesterday, too! Not that I haven't called out to him, but it is that time of learning and understanding the directions he has for me that I have been missing out on.

    I join you in your prayer, and add my name to the list.

    Francisco really appreciates your post, too!

  7. Thanks, Janelle. Yet another great post, great reminder, great insight...

  8. Janelle, you hit the nail on the head! Thanks for the great reminder and honesty! Every post you have touches a part of me - you have a gift.
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. East to West, North to South-directions forming a cross leading our hearts straight to God. Wonderful post!