We have many roads we can take in life. Yet what would life look like if we let the Holy Spirit truly lead our path vs. we leading and asking God to bless our plan. It amazed me to know that He knows exactly what will happen before it even starts, yet we seldom consult Him…this is especially true when we’ve traveled down a road before and believe we know exactly how long it will take to get from point a to point b.
This was so evident to me recently. I had a flight scheduled for 5:20 pm, so my plan was to leave work at 3:30, approximating 25 mins for commute and 20 more mins to park and get through security this would put me at gate no later than 4:20 to wait for flight. Yet, I found out very quickly that I would learn many lessons on this travel day!
Lesson 1: Even when we think we missed a turn God is sovereign He is leading
Leaving later than expected, I somehow made the wrong and unplanned turn onto I75 (this route is typically high traffic and long travel times) instead of the road I had planned on taking, I285 (usually no traffic and straight shot to airport).
Instead of taking the missed turn as a sign, I decided to turn around, and circle back around to go the way I planned. After 10mins of back tracking I am on 285…I thought airport here I come…NOT! There was an unexpected accident on the road; a trip that typically takes 20mins would at minimum double time on this road.
Finally I had to say “I get it Lord”…”Lean NOT on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge HIM and HE will make your PATH plain” Proverbs 3:4-5!!!
Lesson 2: We see our character growth in the uncomfortable situations
Finally parking at airport at 4:20 (an hour till my flight), I ran from my car towards security. Immediately I noticed the extremely long lines and wait times posted of 10-30mins. I wanted to be upset yet it would not change the circumstance and only make the experience more nerve racking. It is said in Philippians 4:6 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”
I am gently reminded by the Holy Spirit, that patience is only born through struggle and trials (uncomfortable situations). The bible even says count it all joy! As I smile and walk through the line in 40 mins, I meet a pleasant women who in the same circumstance (running close to her flight) …a divine appointment. She is a teacher with Chicago public schools. We begin discussing life, schools and staying calm in God’s presence.
Lesson 3: Trust means letting go of the outcome
When we “Lean not on our own understanding, in all our ways acknowledging Him and knowing He will make our path plain” this means that we must trust God for the outcome of our lives. In the end He will work all things out for our good. In this case, even with all the detours to get to airport and long line in airport, it meant still getting on flight on time. Go Jesus!