Thursday, August 27, 2009

Directionally Challenged...


My name is Mich.

And I am directionally challenged.

I am lousy with directions. I am terrible with addresses. I am a "landmark" kind of girl.

I'm the individual who goes in a store in the mall and then 9 times out of 10 comes out of the store and walks past several "familiar" window displays before realizing I'm going back the way I've already been.

I'm the mom whose son at 3 was her own GPS unit.

It is impossible for me to tell you directions on how to get somewhere, unless I've driven it myself more than once. I tend not to pay attention when someone else is driving. (unlike my son)

I don't think I have what my hubby calls his "gut instinct" when it comes to knowing where I'm going or how to get there without directions. In other words, he never seems lost.

I feel "lost" most of the time.


"Can you walk in two directions at one time?"

This was the question my husband asked our youth group Wednesday night. I'm sitting in the back of the room, pen flying across my notebook, only to stop in midair at the sudden question asked. What is he really asking?

That simple question has stayed with me, thoughout today. Puzzled, I've really had to spend some time thinking about it..

After all, I know "where" I'm headed. Yet, I know I'm guilty. I'm a directionally challenged girl.

I'm the one who needs a guide or sometimes a "landmark," like maybe a "cross" to find my way out of a bind.

I'm the sinner who so many times goes back the way she came before realizing I'm headed the wrong direction...again.

I'm the "role model" for my kids, only to be taught a lesson or two by them along the way.

I sometimes have to get my fingers burnt (and sometimes a piece of my heart) more than once before I learn which way to go to get away from the fire.

I tend to travel along, naive of what is around me, until I get blindsided and have a blowout.

I'm a lost soul, saved by grace, thankfully even on the days I don't feel it or more important, deserve it.

"Can you walk in two directions at the same time?

No. There is simply ONLY ONE WAY to go.

Thankfully us "directionally challenged people" have a road map to follow...

and the ultimate "Guide."

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6


Andrea said...

I say my sister is geographically challenged. She has to drive back home to go somewhere different. She is an awesome person...but bless her heart she gets lost easily.
Blessings, andrea

PS: urgent prayer request on arise 2 write

Loriann said...

Thanks for stopping by, and especially for the prayers. Much love and prayers... Lori

Gretchen said...

Great word picture, my friend. Unfortunately, I can relate all too well.

He & Me + 3 said...

Truly He is the only Way! What a great question.

christy rose said...

This was an awesome post Mich! Yes There is only one Way. His name is Jesus! I thank Him every day for being my access road to my destination of God's will for my life.

Heart2Heart said...


Great analogy in tying the two together. I am a bit gifted in that area and as long as I drive and am not the passenger generally all it takes is one trip there for me to remember. It just came much later in life plus I have always loved to drive. I guess I missed my calling as a Long Distance Truck Driver.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

E @ Scottsville said...

Beautifully written.

How often we seem to be pulled by the world in SO MANY directions. Especially our youth. Thank God for the road map that leads to him.

Beth in NC said...

I sure am thankful that it isn't up to ME to find my way to heaven! Girl, I'm as bad as you! We have a house in the mountains -- be there over 2 years and I still haven't driven up there. I know I'd get lost. LOL

Amber said...

I have no idea what you are talking about. Because I ALWAYS know exactly where I'm going. And have AWESOME KILLER map-reading skilz. And NEVER EVER get lost. Or cause anyone who might be following me to get lost. EVER.

Love you.
Good words.