Dan and I were driving the other week, and as he is still semi-new to the area, I was quick (unfortunately) to give him specific directions. Now, believe me, in the beginning that was helpful to him, but after a while he needed to learn his way around and I still wanted be specific...oops! I learned my lesson and decided that I would no longer give directions immediately, but instead I would ask if he knew his way, and if he did then I would just ride along. So, on our way back from...somewhere. I honestly can't remember. I could make something up and say we were on our way back from the store or something, but that's not true, so I'll spare you the lie. On our way back from...somewhere...I was about to open my "gapper" and start giving him "specific" directions when I realized I didn't need to. I told him, "just go straight". Simple directions that any of us could easily follow...right?
Every road...street...highway exit we passed would raise the question in Dan..."is this it"? And even after I said, "No, Just go straight" he would begin to slow at roads or sway towards the exit as we approached. Don't get me wrong; Dan is an AMAZING driver, but we all do this. We all second guess the directions given to us. Whether is be from a friend getting us to a location, or from God who is directing our feet. (The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord. Psalms 37:23)
Sometimes the exit sign seems to direct us towards what we think we want...
But most of the time it's leading us down a path of destruction...
When God tells us to "Just go STRAIGHT", He means it. And even though we pass plenty of opportunities to exit towards, we don't know what lies at the end of that road. And if it's not what God has for us, then I can guarantee you that it's not the best...maybe not even worth the thought.
Needless to say, often while driving down the highway, I am reminded of this illustration. It charges me to make good decisions. It charges me to "JUST GO STRAIGHT'.