Have you ever been in a corn maze? In every direction, all you can see are walls. Walls of corn taller than you are. You move through the paths finding dead end after dead end. Each time you must retrace your steps, you wonder if the next choice will be the right one. It’s easy to get turned around and find yourself in the same dead ends over and over again. In a complex maze, it could be possible to wander for so long that anxiety increases to the point of panic.
Our lives are like that maze. We can only see the path we’re on and we can only make one decision at a time. We cannot always see whether we’re making any progress at all. We just keep moving, hoping we will eventually come out at the right place.
What we don’t want to do is let anxiety or panic take over. What must we do to prevent this? We must make the decision to trust God no matter how tall the walls or how complicated the path. No matter how confused we feel as we wander from dead end to dead end, we need to keep moving.
You see, God is the designer of the maze. He knows exactly which path we must take to get to the exit. If we could rise above the walls and see it from His perspective, we would not be concerned about making it out. We would be confident in each turn because we could look ahead and see the dead ends so that we could avoid them.
But we can’t see our lives from an external perspective. We can only rely on God for guidance. We can also rest in the knowledge that even when we make a wrong turn, we don’t get lost forever. We can always turn around and try again. That’s God’s grace at work. He will patiently lead us along the path and will bring us out of this maze called life when we have completed all he has designed us to do. Each path teaches us something, even the dead ends.
Keep moving and trust God to guide you. Listen to the quiet voice of the Lord, leading you to Himself one step at a time. You really are getting closer every day even though you can’t always see it.
“Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.” – Isaiah 30:21 (NASB)