STUDENT DRIVER 6: Driving Aimlessly

There will be a highway called the Holy Road… It’s for God’s people exclusively — impossible to get lost on this road. Not even fools can get lost on it” (Isaiah 35:8).

be049986When we finally leave the classroom and hit the highway, we find no shortage of traffic — both in real life and the spiritual journey.  Stand on an overpass sometime and just watch the traffic flow for a while.  You can’t help but ask yourself, “Where are they all going?”  When it comes to the spiritual life, we should be asking the same question.  Which road am I on?  Where is this path leading me?  Where do I ultimately want to end up?  

In real life we would think someone a fool if they spent all their days driving aimlessly along, racking up miles on their car for no particular reason.  It’s seems like a waste of a good engine, a lot of gas and not to mention precious time.  Yet, when it comes to spirituality, are we willing to draw the same conclusion?  Many people we interact with daily are spiritually “lost”, driving aimlessly through life’s deserts, taking every convenient exit and trying every possible road that might lead them to ‘somewhere.’  But just where is ‘somewhere’?  

There is a charming scene in Alice in Wonderland.  Alice encounters the Cheshire-Cat and asks, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”  The Cat answers, “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”  Alice, not particularly concerned about her ultimate destination, responds, “I don’t much care where, so long as I get somewhere.

Alice speaks for many spiritual wanderers of our day.  They are not particularly concerned about where they’re journey will ultimately end; they are merely enjoying the adventures and scenery along the way.  And some of the places many turn for spiritual direction today end up being about as reliable as the talking cat!  The Christian life, on the other hand, has a specific destination and offers us a map to get there.

  “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).  

In other words, you might as well put your roadmap away until you’ve asked the Lord where he wants you to go in the first place.

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: 

1. How often do you think about the ultimate destination of your life?  Do the decision you’re making day-to-day correspond to the place you are going to end up?  

2. Do you think most people stop to think about where their life is heading?  Why not?  What keeps us from asking this significant question?

3. What does the proverb above say to this situation?

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