Are you familiar with the ending to the movie “Cast Away”? Tom Hanks is standing there in the middle of this intersection in the middle of Nowhere, TX. As far as he can see in all directions is nothing – yet he has been given the gift of life to be lived another day. If you had been him, how would you have chosen where to go?
We all find ourselves at places in life where we are at an intersection and we aren’t sure which way to go. In the movie, he isn’t sure where he is going to go. He pauses and gets out of the Jeep with his map and ponders for a moment or two. During this moment of contemplation is when the person he was looking for drives up.
I wonder how many times in life we come to a crossroad and ignore it and just keep driving our lives right on through. Or – how often do we get there – and recognize it… and then we get stuck there afraid to move at all. Maybe there has been a bad decision in the past and fearful of getting burned again.
No matter the reason or how you would respond to the situation it is still a decision that must be faced and made. No decision is still a decision. How do you make the decision? What steps do you take? Do you get the Road Map out? In my life, the Road Map has become God’s Word found in the Bible. No, it doesn’t tell me to turn right or left and any specifics like that at all. I can say the Holy Spirit gives insight I can’t explain. Which is often followed by a peace I can’t explain.
Jesus tells us in John 14:25-27,
I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught. (The Message).
I’ve personally been at a crossroad for a long time now. I have ventured in a couple of directions already to find that the peace, fulfillment, and contentment were not in the directions I have tried thus far. I am still hungry to know God more so I keep going back to the Cross and asking for direction. I am asking for wisdom… wisdom to be used for His glory, for the leadership of my family, and the community in which I live (wherever that would take me).
The Holy Spirit will teach us all things. He will give all that we have need of. He cares intimately about the details of our lives. He will not leave us lonely in the dark. Jesus instructed his disciples:
“This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you. Ask in my name, according to my will, and he’ll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing its banks! (John 16:23-24).
I know He uses me through my job… even though I can’t directly communicate His Word… I live it. I’m thankful for the opportunity I have to influence others in all aspects of my life. I want to continue to do so full of the Holy Spirit, wisdom, and grace.