I thought it would be easy to navigate my way to the expressway from my new job, but some of the street signs were missing.
The only sure landmark I had was a child’s soccer ball left in a yard. After passing the ball three times, I pulled my car to the side of the road, wiped the sweat from my palms and prayed.
“God, please direct me. I want to go home.”
Suddenly, a mail carrier who was making his rounds made a U-Turn.
“Ma’am, what address are you trying to find?”
“I’m looking for I-95.”
The carrier gave directions and I went on my way, confident I could find the expressway. But then, I passed through yet another intersection with missing street signs. This time, I did a U-turn, found my soccer ball landmark, and stopped.
The mail carrier’s reflection appeared in my rear-view mirror.
“Still looking?” he said as he pulled beside me.
I nodded, trying to hide my flushed face.
“Wait here. I have more letters to deliver, and then I’ll be back.”
As promised, the mail carrier returned. He led me to the highway. Sure enough, the intersection with the missing signs was where I was supposed to turn. I can still see the carrier tipping his hat as I boarded the expressway.
Friend, sometimes, navigating decisions in life is like driving with missing street signs. God understands that we need help so He provides His Word. Psalm 119 is a great place to start.
In each of the one hundred seventy-six verses of Psalm 119, the psalmist encourages us to incorporate the truths of God’s Word into everyday living.
In Psalm 119:11 NKJV we read, “Your word have I hid in mine heart.” When we commit God’s Word to memory, we can be as confident as the mail carrier who had the streets on his route memorized. I’m guessing he also knew the child who owned the soccer ball and neighbors by their first names.
We also read, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105 NKJV). Just like the mail carrier led me to the expressway, God’s Word gives us directions that work.
Just as the mail carrier helped me to reach my destination, God gives us His Word as a safe, and reliable guide we can depend on.
What action step can you take to aid you in knowing God and His Word intimately?
Father God, help me to know Your Word intimately so it becomes my sure guide.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
Genre: Creative Non-fiction
Copyright 2019: The Mail Carrier: Diane Virginia: All Rights Reserved
Published: August 25, 2019: Christian Broadcasting Network: Beth Patch, Executive Producer
Published: January 4, 2020: Christian Devotions Ministries: Martin Wiles, Managing Editor: Cindy Sproles, Executive Editor