by Katy Kauffman @KatyKauffman28
I kept losing North. It was twenty-seven degrees outside, and although I was wearing five layers, I started to lose feeling in my fingertips. Cars kept crossing our intersection, and I was struggling to keep up with where North was. A few years ago, I worked with my dad, an engineer who tested light levels in a downtown area. I was in charge of the grid map and responsible to show him and his team which spot to test next.
The red building, I thought. That’s it.
There in the middle of a cluster of buildings, I found a mini sky scraper glowing with red lights to serve as my compass, marking true north. Whenever I lost my sense of direction, I looked for my red marker. It remained a steady and immovable indicator of direction as we tested twenty-four spots in the intersection.
As we travel through life, our road doesn’t keep to a straight line. Sometimes we have to meander on an curving descent into a valley or hustle up a steep, rugged ascent to a mountaintop. It can be easy to lose our sense of direction, and we wonder which way to go. Which way is North?
There’s a red marker that brings us hope. When life’s circumstances threaten to steal our sense of direction, we can look to the cross that always shines with hope, comfort, and reassurance, and to the One who gave His life’s blood for us. Jesus bore the weight of the world’s sin on the cross. The cross for Him was torture and anguish. The cross for us is peace and life.
When we are uncertain how to proceed in life, we can look to Jesus and reorient our heart’s focus. The Lord who conquered sin and death can handle any storm, every obstacle and bump in the road. His perfect love, power, and wisdom guide us on our journey. Because He gave His life for us, we can have the life God wants for us—a life filled with victory, courage, and faith.
In our ministries, we share about this “red marker” and the Savior who promises to be with us and guide us through life. We may meet people who don’t see the value of the cross or the benefit of following Someone they can’t see. But we will also be led to those who accept the cross’ message and choose to follow God and depend on His wisdom to guide. After all, “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18 NKJV).
As you seek to share about the cross and life with God in your ministry, don’t forget that you never share or walk alone. We never have to serve God in our own strength or in our own wisdom. We don’t have to search for something or someone to be our “true North.” He’s with us all along the way.
I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20 NKJV
About the author: Katy Kauffman is a Bible study author, an editor of Refresh Bible Study Magazine, and a co-founder of Lighthouse Bible Studies. Her writing tends to focus on winning life’s spiritual battles, and she loves connecting with writers and creating compilations such as Breaking the Chains: Strategies for Overcoming Spiritual Bondage and Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character. Katy makes her home in a cozy suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.
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