When You Feel Lost in the Woods

When You Feel Lost in the Woods

There’s a huge park near my house that has lots of paths in the woods. I get lost out there a lot. I gave up trying to follow the map at the entrance to the trails because so many paths crisscross that I can’t ever figure it out.

I’ve discovered that if I’ll just follow the yellow arrows placed every few hundred feet I’ll eventually make it back to my car.

The other day I was way back in the woods and realized I hadn’t seen an arrow in a while. I had walked past several other paths and wondered if I had missed a sign. I walked back a few hundred feet, but there were no signs. So I just kept walking. Eventually I saw another sign that led me right back to my car.

A question I regularly get asked is, “How do you know if you are on the right path in life?”

It’s an important question to ask. There are so many options. How do we know we are actually following God’s will and didn’t miss it?

I think God’s will is a lot like walking in those woods. God will always guide you to where you need to be, but there are often long periods of silence. You may start to wonder if he forgot about you out in the woods. But he didn’t.

If you haven’t heard any direction from God recently I think the best thing to do is simply keep doing the last thing he told you to do. Just obey what he said to do last. Follow the last sign.

God is really good about letting you know if you are off the path. So if you haven’t heard anything and are doing your best to follow him, just keep doing what you are doing – you are most likely going in the right direction.

Keep marching ahead courageously. God is taking you somewhere good.

And 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. Isaiah 30:21