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Jesus shows us the way

Wayfinding is a term architects employ to describe the methods they use to help people move through a building or a space with ease.

For example, a hospital utilizes signs, colors and other tools to help visitors find their way to specific offices or parts of the building.

Anyone who has ever gone somewhere and found only confusion can certainly appreciate attention to detail. We feel more relaxed when we know where we are and how to reach our destination. When guesswork is removed, our confidence soars.

Within the wayfinding world, visual clues are powerful. Museums realize that when patrons can see natural light through windows or skylights, they feel safer and more comfortable. Windows allow us to orient ourselves to the outside world.

We can make three applications.

First, God’s Word is the only wayfinding resource we’ll ever need (2Timothy 3:16-17).

Second, God does everything he can to ensure the success of his disciples. He showed us the way through his Son, told us why we should go and he will send his Son to retrieve us (John 14:1-6). What more could he do?

Jesus provides all spiritual blessings to his children (Ephesians 1:3) and everything we could possibly need. He wants us focused on our mission (Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 3:20-21) and he will take care of everything else (Matthew 6:25-34).

Third, while we maneuver through the mine-fields of life (John 8:44; 1 Peter 5:8), we have Scripture, worship and prayer to provide a constant window to heaven. It will ground us and help maintain our spiritual perspective.

God has thought of every detail in his plan and he will keep us safe. We just need enough faith (Hebrews 11:6) to trust him completely.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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