As soon as we arrived it was evident that we were strangers in a strange land. We didn’t know where anything was and we didn’t speak the language.
In Barcelona they speak Catalan, not Spanish (though, I don’t know a bit of Spanish either).
After checking into our hotel, and being famished from the long flight with only airplane food, we all decided to hunt up a good lunch spot.
Not knowing where we were going we asked directions from our friendly bellman. He kindly obliged, giving us a name and directions to a restaurant only a couple of blocks away.
Thirty minutes later and walking a distance that felt more like a mile to our sleep-deprived bodies, we were no closer to our dining experience than when we left the hotel.
We never found the restaurant recommended, but alas, we found something to fill our empty bellies.
My husband and son are normally very good with directions but when in an unfamiliar place, even the finest navigator can get lost.
As for me, I admit I need a GPS. I can get turned around coming out of a gas station. I’m hopelessly, directionally challenged!
Our trip got a whole lot better once we got some sleep and a good MAP!
Psalm 119:19-20 says, “I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me. My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times”.
The Psalmist is saying that as believers, we are strangers on this earth. We’re just visiting here for a little while, heaven is really our home.
Being that we are strangers here we can easily get lost in the culture of this world, that is if we don’t have a good map to follow.
And the best map is God’s map – His Word.
The Psalmist goes on to say, do not hide your commands from me (do not hide the map). His soul longs for, (hungers for) direction.
It’s by knowing God’s Word that we are able to discern which way is good and which way may lead us in to disastrous places.
Navigating through this world by trusting only in our own understanding of things is like trying to walk in a straight line with a blindfold on. If you don’t fall over you’ll at least end up in the wrong place.
God sees what we can’t. He’s laid out a road map to help direct us around the unforeseen. When we use the Bible like a compass, we’re able to distinguish the path to wiser decision-making and direction taking.
Because we used a map to traverse around Barcelona, we were able to hit all the highlights in the small amount of time we had.
When we use and apply God’s visitor guide (His Word) to this life, we’re be better able live out the highlights and hopefully miss out some of the low lights this world has to offer.
(If you are directionally challenged, God even has an app. for that – YouVersion Bible App.)