Many years ago, a wealthy man lived in a spacious castle near a small village. He had rooms full of treasures, gold and silver. After months of seclusion, he came into the village to announce that he had built a giant maze on his property. The walls were very high, and the maze stretched out over several hundred acres. The man said that he had placed all of his treasures in the center of the maze, and any man who could get to them could have them. Since everyone in the village was very poor, each one packed a few things into a knapsack, said goodbye to his family, and set out to find the treasure. Several weeks later, a few men came out telling stories of men going insane, even dying after getting hopelessly lost. One day a young man was standing at the entrance to the maze, contemplating his own attempt, when he heard a voice behind him ask, “Are you going in alone?” The startled young man turned to see an old man standing there. “No, I am afraid of going in alone. Many men have lost their lives in there, and I would surely die also.” Looking deep into the young man’s eyes, the old man said, “My son, I built that maze and I have the map. I know every corner and turn. Follow me and I will lead you straight to the treasure. Now stay close and walk in my path.” What an advantage–to navigate the maze with its creator!
Does your career/life path feel more like a confusing labyrinth than a discernible trail map? Regardless of how well you have planned your life or profession, you will inevitably get caught in one of life’s “mazes”–a dead end on one day, a fork in the path on another, or even a dark hole above or below. . . the marketplace is full of them. The important question is “Are you going in alone?”–or are you are navigating life’s course with the “mapmaker”, the Creator of the universe? Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.” His map is the Bible and our guide, counselor and companion is the Holy Spirit.
What kind of maze are you encountering today? It may be a complex set of career choices, or a difficult project you have been working on, that has more twists and turns than you can count. You may find yourself in the midst of a relationship maze, where it seems like no one is using the same map. Or you may be going in circles in an internal maze within your soul, with a recurring pattern or habit that you can’t seem to break. Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. “. . . He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry, when He hears it He will answer you . . . and your ears will hear a word behind you, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right or to the left.” (Isaiah 30:19-21) The Creator stands ready to join you on today’s journey. Will you call to Him and listen for His direction? If you do, the real treasures of life surely await you.
Serving Him with you in the marketplace,
Lord, thank you for reminding me that I don’t have to figure out every turn of life by myself. You not only want to show me which way to move in every situation, You promise to literally be there with me. And even when I can’t see Your full path in front of me, grant me the faith to take the next step. Help me to be sensitive to Your voice and aware of Your constant presence in my life this week.
“The purpose of prayer, in [Oswald] Chambers mind, was to get into step with God, not to manipulate or coerce Him into blessing personal plans.”
David McCasland, Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God