Do you like working puzzles? I do, and I especially enjoy solving a type of puzzle called a maze. You may have worked a maze yourself at school or in a puzzle book. To solve the puzzle, you take your pencil and begin where is says, “Start” and try to find the open path in the maze that will lead you to “Finish.” Of course, you cannot cross any lines to get there. Sometimes these type puzzles can be very difficult, and you often have to back up, change directions, and start over again. If the maze is too hard, you might have to even find someone to help you solve it. When you do reach the end though, you feel very happy that you have reached your goal.
Finding your way through life can be a lot like finding your way through a maze. Just when you think you’re on the right path, you run into an obstacle. Each day you have to make decisions and sometimes it’s difficult to know which way to go, or we make a mistake and have to back up and try again.
Jesus knew that our lives would be hard. That is why he prayed for His disciples when He knew it was time for Him to leave this world and go to heaven. He said, “Holy Father, I am no longer in the world. I am coming to you, but my followers are still in the world. So keep them safe by the power of the name that you have given me. Then they will be one with each other, just as you and I are one.” (John17:11 CEV)
How can we find our way in the maze of this world with all the decisions we have to make every day? How do we know which way to go? What do we do if we mess up? Well, we put our trust in Jesus and ask Him to help us go the right ways and do the right things. He will forgive us is we mess up and help us get going on the right path again. We always have a friend and advisor in Him; we need to remember that as we grow up and become adults. And guess what; we adults need to remember that just as much as you kids!
Let’s say our prayer for this week. Dear Jesus, thank You for always being there to help us know what to do and say. Help us do the right thing and stay on the path that You have chosen for us because we know it is a great path that will lead to our happiness and success. In Your name we pray these things. Amen.
Ann Moody is a retired pastor, formerly of the Wilkesville First Presbyterian Church and the Middleport First Presbyterian Church. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author.