Brenda’s Blog – July 26, 2016
“Proceed on the same route.” “When possible, make a legal U-Turn.”
As I drove thousands of miles during the last eleven days, I obeyed the dulcet tones of my GPS lady. She capably (most of the time) guided me on my way. One morning I heeded her instructions to continue on the path and thought, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a voice which would speak quietly yet confidently into my life like that?”
And when she sensed I was going the wrong way, she chided me while directing a U-Turn!
I spent the next miles thinking about my life and the journey. There were moments when a U-Turn would have been most appropriate – and saved a great deal of time and trouble. But there were many other times when continuing on my road opened doors of opportunity and growth.
What voices gave direction? Wise counselors, loving friends and friends, scriptural imperatives, and inner desires. The “you go, girl!” affirmations were greatly appreciated. But, “you might rethink that decision” comments were equally (most times) regarded.
The need for counsel doesn’t diminish as we age. Sometimes I think it is even more clear. My Dad used to tell me to be careful as I made decisions for we start writing in pencil with a strong eraser, but as we grow older we shift to a pen with no eraser. Translated: “Brenda, you have less and less time to correct mistakes, so be careful.”
I want to keep my eyes and ears open to my GPS network so the journey ends well. I don’t want to dead-end. I will enjoy the “proceed” instructions and heed the “legal U-Turn” warnings. I will look at my life options with a heart and mind of wisdom, knowing my web of counselors will speak truth.