Pastor in the Pasture by Wendel Elliott: Navigation: Follow the map
Don’t you wonder about how the pioneers went across open plains and through uncharted territory? I know you’re probably saying they traveled by watching the sun, moon and stars. During cattle drives north from Texas chuckwagon tongues were pointed toward the north star every night. However, to navigate such a wide open expanse of land is amazing! Those pioneers were sure to obey the direction that the stellar bodies showed. If they got off track then they had to make an adjustment.
Vast oceans were traversed in the same way. Ships at sea would use tools such as a cross staff or sextant and a lead line. All of these tools helped sailors to measure their location to help them travel across the open water. However, they had to obey the direction the tools were telling them to go.
We’ve all been carried away a little or gotten off course because of certain things. It could be we’ve been caught up in the lies that the world has fed us. You know, the subtle tactics of saying things like, “Everyone should be able to be happy with the one they love.” Another one might be, “It’s not against the law. If it’s not against the law then surely it’s ok.”
It’s important that as Christians we heed and obey the direction that is laid out in the Word of God, so we don’t get off track.
In Isaiah: “This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea….Leave Babylon, flee from the Babylonians! Announce this with shouts of joy and proclaim it. Send it out to the ends of the earth; say, ‘The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob.’ They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts; he made water flow for them from the rock; he split the rock and water gushed out.”
Isaiah 48:17-18, 20-21 NIV
God knows what’s best for you and will direct you in the way you should go. Are you obeying Him as a pioneer would obey the direction that the sun and stars were showing him? Do you need a little peace in your life? If you would have obeyed then “your peace would have been like a river…” Do you feel trapped and imprisoned like the Israelites in Babylon? Is there something in your life that has gotten you off course a little? You didn’t mean to get here; you weren’t paying close enough attention to the instruments to follow them.
When we get back on course then we’ll see those provisions of peace and righteousness. We’ll not be thirsty in the desert because we will be drinking the Living Water.
Well I better make sure the wagon tongue is pointed to the north star or the Bright and Morning Star. I hope that you will too.
I’ll see ya’ll out in the pasture!
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Outtagrass Cattle Co. cartoon by Jan Swan Wood for the Oct. 16, 2021, edition of Tri-State Livestock News