The driveway to my house is tiny; getting the car in or out requires a lot of focus and manoeuvring. All the aids that come with the vehicle help this process, as I can use the Wing mirror and the front mirror to judge the space around the car and the direction of my slow reverse. One of the great aids in that process has been my reversing sensors, which, through their delicate beeps, let me know how close I might be to removing some of my paintwork from the side of the car. Those tools are helpful every day in helping me navigate my driving away and some of the everyday situations that I might find myself driving through.
Over the last few weeks, a challenging issue has arisen. My parking sensors have started to play up; it is not that they do not come on (that would be okay); it is that as soon as they start, they sound out that flat beep, which means you are technically up against something. Suddenly, the driveway becomes a very different scenario because my ears tell me I am against the wall, and my eyes communicate something different through the mirror. Is not this life through? Confusing voices that said one thing saying another. It can be disorientating trying to navigate the many complexities of life, especially when something that used to say one thing now proclaims another; they are like a broken reversing sensor.
Where do we turn, or what do we listen to in a world of changing voices and broken parking sensors? For Christians, where we turn must be where we have always ridden, even when some might try to convince us otherwise. The Bible and all its wisdom have helped us to know what it means to live for God in a chaotic and confusing age because “the word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Peter 1:25). As Christians, we continue in the word of God because it crosses from the one who is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Let us then, in every sphere of our being, navigate through life's complexities not by the faltering senses of worldly wisdom but by the clear, unwavering voice of Jesus Christ. This message, preached in the Church through the ages, remains our true north, our most reliable guide in a world that constantly shifts like shadows. As we drive through the winding roads of life, may our hearts and minds stay attuned to the steady, life-giving signals of His grace and truth.