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What to do When You Lose Your Direction

Today, I felt what it means to not know how to get to my destination. The first thing should be to go to Google right? What if Google didn’t have the answer you need?

I was told that my ticket was not valid for the trains I  was supposed to take. How would Google help to solve that? Well, the best alternative would be to buy another ticket right? What if you didn’t have enough to buy another ticket?

It was looking inevitable that I would have to buy another ticket, and I was getting really pissed and agitated until I heard in my spirit, “Temitope, calm down”.

I remember saying those same words to someone earlier in the day who said that she was really scared and confused. I told her to breathe and be calm. Little did I know that I would face my own episode later in the day.

What seemed to be a frustrating journey eventually turned out to be a very important life lesson for me.

What do I do when I lose the direction to my destination?

Do I start getting agitated, scared, restless, all over the place, and just settle for the closest alternative? The alternative was so easy for me to access, but it was going to cost me.

In my agitation, I couldn’t pay attention to the voice within me. Reminds me of David’s psalm as translated by the Message Bible, “True to Your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction”.

These words became so real to me today, especially at a point in my life where everything seems so uncertain. I know where I am going, but I often times don’t know how I’ll get there. Sometimes I think I have figured it out, but something happens that makes me uncertain again.

When I calmed down (not completely though, lol), I started following directions as I was led in my spirit. What is really interesting is that the first place I went to didn’t work out as I hoped. My ticket didn’t work there either, but reflecting on that, that’s where I first learned how to get to where I was going.

To be honest, I never thought about that until now. We really never appreciate the disappointments we face until it all comes together, which is why it is very important that we do not give up no matter what.

For every direction I went as I was led in my spirit, I was really scared of what the outcome would be. I was scared of rejection, being spoken to in a bad or demeaning manner, being embarrased or worse being arrested (lol). However, what I met was far different from what I was expecting.

The first place I got to, the attendant allowed me through when I thought he would not. The second which was probably the most astonishing, the attendant said he had seen me before (which I am pretty certain wasn’t the case to the best of my knowledge) and he let me through. The last access point, all he really focused on was my destination and he led me through.

I was truly awestruck at how everything seemed to fall in place despite the fact that I did not have the “right ticket”. In the middle of it, I remembered the words of a senior friend of mine; “can you trust God to be good even when you make a wrong decision?”

I have always believed in we reap the rewards or consequences of our actions – which is completely true because what should have been straightforward could become more complicated. But can we trust that God is able and willing to lead us through those complications?

I could have bought another ticket, spending what I didn’t have to, and missing out on a priceless lesson on how the Holy Spirit can direct me in the way I should go.

One more important thing I learned on this journey is that God will always make a way through for you on the path that He has led you to. If it is God that has led you, He will make a way for you. Stop trying to figure out how. Just trust Him and obey.

More importantly, be calm and listen to His voice in your heart. Fear and panic never solves our uncertainties, they only make us make more bad decisions. I know this is hard because I have been here more times than I wish, but in every experience, I am learning to stay calm and listen to my spirit.

For we know that all things are working together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose. The earlier we can calm ourselves down, the faster and easier it would be to hear His voice leading us in the way we should go.

Whatever you might be going through right now, remember this; God’s got you!

What do you think?

Written by Temitope

Temitope Durotoye is a Hope and Self Discovery Advocate. He is proudly African and loves to see young Africans be the best versions of themselves.

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