Today I drove south from Dallas on 35. Before West, traffic thickened, slowed, and finally stood more “stop” than “go.” Without really knowing what was ahead, I made a decision. I took the next exit to follow a meandering path toward Waco. The road was open as well as the fields, aside from a handful of cows. It was as if my iPhone knew my path was nothing but country and adjusted my songs accordingly. #smartphone I rolled through the outskirts of Waco before running into 35 again and picking up speed. Then, the road elevated a bit and, behold! Baylor University! iPhone dramatically pulled up “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Glory, glory, hallelujah! #welcometobaylor #thanksphone Although I may have only saved 10 minutes, I was quite pleased with my decision to detour.
I was pondering God’s will and how we tend to think there is a single “right” path He has ordained for each of us. One right college, one right career, one right spouse, one right church, one right city. This idea throws us into paralysis and stress when, really, God has given us authority, freedom, and wisdom to choose. He let Adam name all the animals whatever he wanted (no wrong answers!). He let them enjoy the garden as long as they didn’t eat from one tree. It’s like a 4-year-old given freedom to color or build or run or play house as long as they “play nice.” Of course, some seasons are quite structured with worksheets and naps and reading times, but all of these are for our good.
So as we navigate this path of life, I find Psalm 119:54 to be a worthy goal: “Your decrees have been the theme of my songs wherever I have lived.” We may choose country or old school hymn soundtracks, but the motivation and message stay the same. We may find God directs us through songs we find painful or obnoxious, but we can still celebrate the theme of His rock solid Word.