This is the Way

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Have you ever been lost? Perhaps you’ve thought, this is the way, only it wasn’t?

I seem to have more trouble with getting lost driving downtown than I do any other place. Hiking on trails, I usually do okay. Probably because they’re marked.

Of course, there is the problem of my getting lost when I’m in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Israelites of the Old Testament had a problem with going off their own way and getting lost. The first verse of Isaiah chapter 30 says, “Woe to my rebellious children, says the Lord; you ask advice from everyone but me, and decided to do what I don’t want you to do.” They went down to Egypt and sought Pharaoh’s help instead of depending on God.

The Israelites ignored God’s prophets. They ignored God’s word. They did what they wanted, and went their own direction. In reply to their disobedience, God said, “Because you despise what I tell you and trust instead in frauds and lies and won’t repent, calamity will come upon you.”

Only in listening to God’s truth and repenting would they be saved.

Sometimes we get lost, too. Maybe not because we took the wrong exit ramp off the freeway or followed the wrong hiking trail. We get lost because we ignore God’s word, thinking we know better than he does and head off in a direction of our own choosing.

We don’t listen to God’s voice when he tells us, “This is the way. Walk here.”

Instead of following others, shouldn’t we follow God?

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And if you leave God’s paths and go astray, you will hear a voice behind you say, “No, this is the way; walk here.”  Isaiah 30:21 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Magnetic Force

Isaiahby Sandy Kirby Quandt

In elementary school I was fascinated when I first learned about a compass and magnetic force. I loved to watch the red needle of my handheld compass swing back and forth until it pointed north toward the top of Earth’s magnetic field. I knew if I was ever lost, all I needed to do was hold out my compass and follow its direction north.

I also loved to play with “Wooly Willy”. You know. The game where you used a magnet to move iron shavings all around Willy’s face and gave him a mustache, eyebrows, beard.

Of course, before I could use my compass if I was lost, that meant I needed to know whether I should walk north, south, east or west to my desired destination. But at least I would know where north was.

Through the years I’ve learned more about magnetic force.

It doesn’t always point exactly north. The Earth’s magnetic North Pole is not the same as “true north”, the Earth’s geographic North Pole. The magnetic North Pole lies about 1,000 miles south of true north, in Canada.

To confuse us even more, the magnetic North Pole isn’t even a stationary point. Over the last century, it has shifted more than 620 miles toward Siberia. Seems there are disturbances in the force, I mean field ;), that can cause a compass needle to point away from both the geographic North Pole and the magnetic North Pole. This is called declination.

Enough science. What’s all this got to do with anything?

There is an eternal compass that doesn’t shift. It never fails to point us in the correct direction. To True North. When we’re lost and stumbling around trying to find our way, this compass never fails to give the lost a sense of direction.

Some believe they have an internal compass. I always thought I had a terrific sense of direction until Pie and I took a trip south of the equator. Boy, was I wrong.

Just like me and my false sense of direction in the southern hemisphere, we may falsely believe we have a terrific internal moral compass that keeps us on the straight and narrow.

Bumps and dips on the Earth’s surface can cause declination. Bumps and dips in our lives can threaten to pull us off course, too. When our internal moral compass gets pulled off course, we tend to head away from God down the wrong path.

When disturbances, declinations, in our lives cause our internal guidance system to pull away from God, how do we get back on track? I believe turning to the Bible and reseting our sights on what is true and worthy to be pursued is a good starting point.

The same way Earth’s magnetic field pulls the needle on a compass and points it to true north, when we surrender the declination of the bumps and dips of our own wills to the True Force, he will point us in the correct direction we should go.

May the True Force be with you now and always.

Have you ever used a compass to help when you were lost? What about Wooly Willy? Did you ever have one of those?

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And if you leave God’s paths and go astray, you will hear a voice behind you say, “No, this is the way; walk here.” Isaiah 30:21 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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