Arriving At Your Destination

24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Acts 20:24

 There was a time when I thought I wanted to be a pilot. For two years, I piloted a small Cessna.  I never went very far, but I did fly into the large airports in Austin and San Antonio. That’s another experience all by itself for another time.

When planning a flight, I took out my maps and drew a line between the small airport on Westhemier and my destination. There were usually two or three key points along the trip that would mark the path. Using my navigation tools, I wrote down the azimuth, or direction, I was to set the plane instruments on in order to fly each of those legs of the trip. And if I followed each of those legs, I would arrive at my destination.

As I piloted the plane on each of those legs, I had to constantly adjust the plane’s heading. The plane would deviate from the flight path because of the winds that were blowing the plane and my inability to hold the plane steady. The plane’s instruments would tell me I was no longer on course. So, using my instrument panel, I would continually adjust the plane’s direction to compensate for those deviations. As long as I relied on my instruments and used them as they were meant to be used, I arrived at my destination.

Life’s journey is that same way. We set out on a certain course, a set direction, and then life comes at us. It pushes us in another direction and we deviate from the course we have set. Sometimes life pushes us backward. Sometimes life pushes us to the ground.

We, too, must make constant adjustments in our journey if we want to reach our destination, especially the destination God has set for us. The enemy sets out to keep us from reaching that destination, throwing all kinds of roadblocks in front of us to force us to change course.

But, just like that instrument panel, we have our own “guidance” system to keep us headed in the right direction – God’s Word. If we know God’s Word, and we use it the way God meant for us to, we have all we need to make life’s adjustments required to stay on course. Whether our friends push us to the “right,” or our jobs push us to the “left,” God’s Word will let us know we are not going the right way. And it’s God’s Word that will allow us to focus on His destination for us, and provide what we need to get back on course.

As long as we are paying attention, those deviations in the plane are usually not disastrous. If we are paying attention, those deviations in our life will not be disastrous. But just like flying a plane, we must constantly be on the alert to make the adjustments in life; the adjustments we must make to arrive at our destination. And we must be sure to use the correct “instruments” to make those adjustments. God’s Word will never lead us astray. It will make sure we arrive at our destination.

© 2015 Charles A. Kalkomey

January 24, 2015