11th May 2013

Signposts 

“You will hear a voice say, ‘This is the way; turn around and walk here.’”
Isaiah 30:21 (NLT)
 

Excitement and apprehension mounted as the day approached for the trip to Denmark to attend the Church family week. It was going to be my first extended visit to a foreign country and, as if that wasn’t daunting enough, I had been volunteered to be the map reader for the drive from Flushing in the Netherlands, through Germany and up to Denmark. To be fair, my husband had bought new maps, had worked out the route and noted the road numbers in advance of the journey, so I felt reasonably confident that I would cope. 

The overnight car ferry crossing from Sheerness, in Kent, to Flushing was uneventful and by 6am the next morning we were on foreign soil. I glanced down at the map on my lap and suddenly felt very nervous and my mouth went dry. Could I do this? The answer soon became very clear that no, I couldn’t do it. In spite of all my husband’s preparations, the reality was that the road numbers on the sign posts bore no relation to the road numbers on the new maps. How cruel was that? It really hit me then how important sign posts are. In familiar surroundings I don’t give them a second glance, but on those strange roads I desperately needed them to be showing me the way. I longed to hear a voice say, “This is the way; turn around and walk here.” 

My husband drove on, quietly confident in his ability to navigate by the stars, while my stomach continued to perform numerous somersaults each time I was asked, “Where do you think we are then?” Oh, the relief when I finally saw a sign for Denmark and eventually another sign for the town where we would be staying! 

Two days after the end of the family week, we were safely back in the U.K driving towards home. It was a pitch dark evening and pouring with rain, and I was still trying to follow the map. The motorway was extremely busy and I missed a vital road junction sign which had probably been obscured by a lorry. We were lost and I wasn’t the flavour of the month. My husband had to drive on for miles before we were able to leave the motorway and backtrack in the direction of home. This time we had been annoyingly side-tracked by a hidden signpost.  Thankfully, it isn’t like that in our walk with God. When Jesus willingly sacrificed his life for us, He became the perfect signpost to follow on our Christian journey.  1 Peter 2:21-22 says, “Christ, who suffered for you, is your example. Follow in His steps. He never sinned, and He never deceived anyone.” 

Jesus doesn’t obscure the road we’re travelling on by changing the road numbers on the signposts; he doesn’t cause distressing diversions by hiding—“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)  Following a signpost like that we won’t fail to reach our destination. 

Prayer
Thank you, Father, that we can be totally confident in following Jesus, knowing that He will never let us down.
Amen
 

Study by Diana Hall

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signpostsAbout the Author:
Diana Hall attends the Southampton Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Southampton
Tauntons College
Hill Lane
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 5RL

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Peter Noon
Email:  peter_noon@wcg.org.uk

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One Response to “11th May 2013”

  1. Eugenia Bhebhe on May 11th, 2013 6:16 pm

    Amen!

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