Staying on Course
Pilots make course corrections continually throughout a flight. If they don’t, the plane will end up far from its goal, maybe over an ocean and out of fuel.
Several factors cause an airplane to get off course. Wind direction and intensity. Storms. Each one only changes its path a few degrees. If left uncorrected, the degrees add up. Doesn’t the same happen in our lives too?
We make plans, ones we know God wants, but life often gets us off of them gradually. Degree by degree, we get off track and can eventually find ourselves lost and out of fuel.
“A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
Fortunately, God gives us regular course corrections. We just need to pay attention and then obey what he wants us to do.
Scripture. Internal promptings. Other people. Physical symptoms. Patterns. Ideas. Revelations. Connections.
All of these are ways God gives course corrections. At least, that’s how he regularly gives them to me. I’ve also found that the more I look for his corrections, the more I’ll recognize them.
More importantly, I’ve come to realize that the Holy Spirit is the source of all these course corrections.
“But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” (John 16:13-15)
The Holy Spirit’s activity in my life has been nothing short of transformational. I am thankful for God’s course corrections, especially because I can look back and see how he used them to protect me from so much pain. I invite you to discover this transformation in your own life.