This is a post that Frank Viola wrote that I think you have got to read! Frank is an author and blogger. He has written several books, including:Jesus: A Theography and Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ.
Yesterday, I drove to an appointment. On the way there, I got stuck in traffic. The road I was on normally flows fine. But it was backed up for some reason.
The three cars ahead of me took a left-hand turn and went down a different road. One I’ve never been on before. I assumed it was a detour and these three people knew how to short-circuit the traffic to get on the main street where I was headed.
Well, after following them for a whole 5 minutes, they each broke in different directions. Each car ended up in different parking lots in the same neighborhood. Hmmm . . .
After about 10 minutes of getting lost in a maze of cul-de-sacs and dead ends, I found my way back to the very road I was stuck on. The traffic was gone this time (15 minutes later).
One of my spiritual disciplines is to ask the Lord why something out-of-the-ordinary happens . . . as I believe my “steps are ordered” and everything happens for a reason (Psalm 37:23).
Sometimes He reveals the reasons; other times He doesn’t.
All told, the whole ordeal brought a point home to my heart.
Before you follow someone’s spiritual direction, make sure you know where they’re headed. Be clear on their destination . . . their goal. Don’t assume you know.
And never follow just because others are following.
On the road yesterday, I gave in to a human instinct: To follow the crowd, assuming that their goal was the same as mine.
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