You’re Not Following My Directions!

“Hey, aren’t you going to get in the right lane, so you can turn onto the interstate?” My husband and I, after running a few errands, were going to eat lunch and I just knew the restaurant was “that” way.

“No, we’re going left.”

Immediately, I looked again at my surroundings and he was right. Laughing, I said, “Listen, I’m giving you directions and you’re choosing not to follow them? Good for you!”

I’ve never been good with directions when we’re headed somewhere, even in this town I’ve lived in most of my life. Still, I’m really good at offering my opinion. Maybe if I would take time to pay attention to our surroundings when he’s driving, I’d know how to direct my husband. Then again, he might appreciate it if I would relax, let him drive, and get us to wherever we’re going.

Later, at home, we laughed again at how often I get “turned around” when we’re in the car.

Later, still thinking about the incident, I remembered several times during my walk with the Lord when someone would give their honest opinion about the best way to please the Lord. Some even offered well-meaning advice about what I “should or should not” do. In my younger days, I often felt confused or guilty because I just couldn’t be the person I believed they thought I should be. What if they were right?

Every time, though, when I talked it over with the Lord, I was reminded that we are individuals who have the amazing privilege of direct communication with Him. He made us with the ability to think for ourselves and to prayerfully make our own choices. I was also repeatedly reminded that confusion is not from God.

When I took my confusion to Him in prayer, He would teach me. Sometimes, picking up the Bible, I would find just the scriptural answer I needed. Sometimes, His words were ushered into my spirit. At times, I experienced the warmth of His loving comfort surrounding me, assuring me that He is guiding my walk. I always knew that my Father would not desert me. He is the one to turn to for the answers to my questions.

We are very blessed to have family and friends that love us enough to pray with us, to seek understanding with us, and to worship our Heavenly Father with us. We are also each individually blessed to have our own very personal relationship with Jesus Christ. When a conflict or confusion of any kind heads our way, I am thankful that God is always present and always available. His is always the true answer and always backed by scripture.

1 Corinthians 14:33 (NKJV) For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.


About dorissavanover

Wife, mom, mom-in-law, and grandma, I write stories of everyday blessings - those ordinary moments that become extraordinary when we become aware of being in God's awesome presence. Recently retired, I enjoyed twenty-eight years of employment as an executive assistant to a commercial real estate broker. I'm excited to have more time to write and share the wonders of living an abundantly fulfilling life; a life of having a real relationship with Jesus Christ, our Savior, the Son of our very loving Heavenly Father.
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3 Responses to You’re Not Following My Directions!

  1. T. R. Noble says:

    Amen!!! I’m glad Christ is our lighthouse. He guides us through storms. He stands tall. He will redirect us when we need to turn around.

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  2. This is excellent! It is easy to doubt God’s directions at times; yet, He speaks to us… So much encouragement in knowing that others’ definitions of godliness are not necessarily the path we are to follow. Ultimately, we find God’s path through His Word. Thank you for expressing this so clearly! Great post, Dorissa!! ❤


    • Thank you, Lynn. Yes, sometimes, when my Father teaches me something, I have my own doubts -and often need a confirmation, or two, or three that I’m hearing Him correctly! Always, I know if He is telling me something, His Word will back it. I appreciate you reading and taking the time to comment. Blessings for today!


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