This past weekend I had the privilege of speaking at a retreat for the women of Grace Anglican Community. It was an amazing weekend with some wonderful women. We talked about mapping our spiritual journeys.
“Set up road markers for yourself;
make yourself guideposts;
consider well the highway,
the road by which you went.
Return, O virgin Israel,
return to these your cities.”
The Lord told those who were exiled to “set up road markers” and to make “guideposts” so they would be able to find their way back to their cities. In our lives when we find ourselves in a desert time, we have difficulty feeling connected to God. However, if you have created a spiritual map of your walk with the Lord you will be able to look back at the road markers and guideposts on your path and find your way back to Him.
To create your spiritual map all you need is a piece of paper and pen. You can draw a map, a timeline or simply write a list of experiences with the Lord. Think back over your life at the times when you experienced God in your life and jot it down. You can record it in words or pictures, whatever will help you remember of what God has done for you. This is a great exercise to be reminded of all the times you heard God speak to you, felt His provision, protection, love and support.
This process will be very faith affirming for you as you see how much God has done in your life. Then when you feel that you are far from the Lord or are going through a difficult time, you can refer back to your map and be reminded of how great God is and how faithful He has been to you. Just as the Lord told those in exile to use the road markers and guideposts to find their way back to their cities, you can use your road makers and guide posts to find your way back to the Lord.
I challenge you to share this idea with others in your life and after you have created your maps, share them with one another. It is a beautiful way to share what God has done in your life with others. In addition, you will be encouraged and inspired to hear what God has done in their lives.
- Scripture from http://www.biblegateway.com
- Photo by Shelly Sorem