Last week I was on vacation at Harriman State Park, near Sloatsburg, NY. I stayed in a primitive cabin at Lake Sebago and went hiking every day except one (it was raining). In the course of 5 days, I hiked 34 miles. The last day I hiked to the top of Bear Mountain, a 5-mile round trip with a gain of 1,118 feet in elevation. I came home strengthened in body and refreshed in spirit.
My only problem was that I got lost several times during the week. Several times I missed the blazes, went off on a side trail, and wasn’t sure how to get back on track. Fortunately, I had a hiking app on my phone with a digital map and GPS that showed exactly where I was and where I needed to go. Whenever I got off the trail, I could consult the map on my phone and the GPS would mark my position with a little blue dot on the map.
With this guide I was able to find my way around. Sometimes it was just a matter of making a simple correction and hiking 20 or 30 feet to my right or left. However, one time I was so off course that I ended up taking a totally different trail back to my car. That mistake turned out to be a blessing in disguise. For if I had gone the way I had originally planned, I would have had to scramble down a part of the trail named “Almost Perpendicular.”
As Christians we have a guide who is more reliable than any GPS app on a smart phone. In Isaiah 30:20-21 God makes this promise: ‘Your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.”’ And Jesus adds these words in John 16:13: “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears.” When it comes to finding a moral direction for our life we don’t need little blue dot, drawn by the GPS on a cell phone map to show us the way. We have the Holy Spirit as our teacher and with him as our guide we will never be lost.