I used to be horribly directionally challenged. For example, I once took over driving responsibilities on a vacation trip after stopping along the way to grab a bite to eat. We got back in the vehicle… I in the driver’s seat and my father-in-law (aka, the person who actually knew how to get where we were going)… and we headed out.
He leaned back and took a nap, and I drove like the wind… in the wrong direction! (It was pre-GPS days, people. Give me a break.) When he woke up… thirty minutes later… he sat up, looked around and mentioned that something didn’t look right. He had made that trip numerous times and could tell all was not as it should be. When he asked me which way I turned as we headed out and I told him, we all realized what had happened… I went the wrong way because I was not familiar with the journey.
That little mishap cost us an extra hour of drive time and a little extra fuel on a vacation trip. But not knowing which path to take on the journey of life… well, that mis-step could cost us dearly. It’s why I’m so glad the writer of the 23rd Psalm lets us know that the Good Shepherd (aka, God… the one who knows which direction we need to go every time) not only provides for us, but He also points us in the right direction.
Verses 2 and 3 say that He leads us to what we most need, and He guides us along the right paths if we will just follow Him. The song writer also writes in Psalm 37 that God even directs our steps… those smaller parts of the bigger journey.
If you need guidance and direction in your life today, commit to follow Jesus, the Good Shepherd. He won’t steer you wrong. He won’t even take a nap along the way.