When I stepped into my neighbor’s house, twenty veiled heads turned to stare at me. I froze. I wished the ground would swallow me up. Everyone got quiet as all eyes fixed on my husband standing next to me. He was the only man in the room.
Without blinking an eye, our hostess smiled and asked, “Perhaps your husband would feel more comfortable in our television room?”
She whisked Jose off to another part of the house as I walked into the living room and began greeting the ladies in a language I barely knew. I thought I might faint. When my neighbor had invited me to her son’s circumcision celebration, I’d assumed it was for couples. How could I have missed the fact that this was a party for ladies only?
When our family moved to the Middle East fourteen years ago, situations like this were my daily bread. An airplane landed us smack down in the middle of unknown territory, and I often felt lost. I didn’t know what to do in circumstances like these:
- When I dropped my gregarious, extroverted son off for pre-school one day, he wrapped his arms around my legs and cried, begging me not to leave him there.
- A year later I decided to homeschool, but my neighbors thought I was crazy.
- Sometimes other kids made fun of my children for being Christians.
- I didn’t know how to live out my faith among people who couldn’t understand it.
During our years here, there have been many times I haven’t known what to do, but Jesus has always proved to be a faithful shepherd.
When I’m lost, He shows me the way.
Friend, your lost probably looks different than mine, but you don’t have to move to the other side of the world to encounter unknown territory. I’ll bet you’ve had your share of twists and turns in the road of life. A cross-country move, a failed project, the loss of a loved one, or a divorce can leave us groping in the dark.
When we feel lost, our Shepherd knows the way.
Jesus IS the way.
He’s Our Companion
Even when we’re not sure where we’re going, we have a traveling companion who’ll never leave us. When the road ahead looks bumpy and broken, let’s make it our goal to stay close to Him.
He’s Our Guide
If we stay close to Jesus, he’ll show us the way. We don’t have to worry about what to do. Our Guide goes before us, opening and closing doors, giving us the wisdom we need.
He’s Our Way
As we travel along the path of life, it’s helpful to remember that Jesus IS our way. He’s the road we’re traveling on, and He’s our end goal.
When life leaves you feeling lost, stick close to your Companion and Guide.
Right now my family and I are facing more unknowns as we prepare for a 9 month re-location to Texas. Will we find someone to sub-let our apartment here? How will we get a car in Texas? How will my kids handle the changes?
But you know what? I’m not worried. Because I have a traveling companion who’s never let me down. He not only shows me the way, He IS the way. All I have to do is stick close to him.
Now it’s your turn. Are you facing any uncertain circumstances right now?
How does it help to know that Jesus is the Way?
Betsy de Cruz enjoys God, life, and dark roast coffee. She and her family live in the Middle East. Most days she feels privileged to live overseas; other days she wants to pull her hair out and catch the next plane home. Betsy’s vision is to encourage women to get God’s Word in, so their faith can spill out, even during life’s bumpy moments. You can find Betsy at her blog, faithspillingover.com , on Twitter, and on Facebook.
Photo Credit: Melika
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