My husband, Dan, and I love to take unplanned road trips. Dan’s job is to drive. My responsibility is to navigate. Before starting out, Dan will give me the destination, and I am supposed to dig out all the maps and determine the route we should take. We never take the most obvious route because that would be no fun.
Often, many surprises present themselves along the way. The hardest part for Dan is when we seem to be going the wrong way. “Are you sure we are going in the right direction?” My response always is, “Trust the navigator!”
So it is with our faith walk and journey with our Lord. We have invariably encountered difficulties, roadblocks, and a sense we’re going in the “wrong direction.” More than ever, we simply have to trust our navigator. God gives us direction in the promise of our baptism through word and sacrament and the powerful leading of the Holy Spirit.
This message is adapted from “Trust the Navigator” written by Mary Ellen Keisner in the April 2005 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.