The “Wizard of Oz” was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid. I loved watching Dorothy meet the other characters, and encounter adventures, on her way to Oz, in search of a way to get back home to Kansas. One advantage that Dorothy had when she set out on her journey was that she was given a paved path to follow….the famous “yellow brick road”. She couldn’t really get off track with this brightly painted road of bricks pointing her in the right direction.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.'” (Isaiah 30:21)
We have been doing a study at church on the topic of discerning the voice of God. God wants to talk to us, answer our questions, and lead us in the right direction, but we have to learn to recognize his voice. Most of his communication is not as obvious as Dorothy’s yellow brick road, although in my opinion life would be much easier if it was. Can you imagine waking up every morning and having a paved path to follow?
That would definitely be easy, but like I have stated before, God is more interested in our character than in our comfort. If we want to hear God’s voice, we need to get to know Him and that takes spending time with Him. It’s just like a mom with her children; no matter how many kids are around, we know the voice of our own when they cry out for us. The closer we get to God, the easier it is for us to hear his voice and be led in the direction He would like us to go.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)
In order to avoid the pitfalls, we need to heed the detour signs. God will point them out for us but we need to listen. Are you struggling with a situation and need some guidance? Ask God for help, then tune your ears and your heart upward, fulling expecting to hear from Him. Before you know it, God’s direction for your life will light up like a yellow brick road, just as it did for Dorothy.
“Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” (Jeremiah 33:3)