Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Map or Compass?

This is one of my favorite times of the year. Maybe favorite isn't the right word to use, but I do look to Lent as time to grow into who God is calling me to be. It's a time to look at the compass more than the map. 

Think about this for a minute. How many of you have a smart phone that has a GPS in it? That a map in some sort of a way isn't it. Have you ever gotten off of what it considers to be the map and been off road? I have! Part of the trail that I run is not part of the GPS mapping system in my phone, so I look like a die hard runner of off road. Map's are changing all the time and I'm sure this is one of the many reasons Preacher man feels the need to stop at every state we pass through to get a new map, yearly!

But how often does the compass change? Not so much huh? So why do we spend so much time learning how to read the map and not how to read the compass? Maybe if we were to learn more about the compass, we would point in the right direction even if the map said to go another way. 

My compass is Jesus and even when the worldly map says it's pro-choice, I know my compass says all life is beautiful. When the map says marriage can be whatever you want it to be, my compass says one man with one woman. 

So for Lent, I'm going to spend time with my compass.


Preacher man said...

very well stated!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kimberly,
You're absolutely right. Lent is a terrific time to find your compass. I attended a Lent retreat program at a Trappist monastery. I was wandering all over the map with no direction. During a meditation segment of a prayer service, God spoke to me in my heart, body andind and told me I am the Prodigal Son. Suddenly a great burden was lifted off me and my eyes were opened to hope and the path to salvation.
Praise be the Lord!!
God Bless You