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The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.  Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV

One Saturday morning, Vaughn and I went running.

We began at the Chamber of Commerce and started along a course we had run many times. When we made our normal turn to the left, Vaughn went straight. I encouraged him to keep going, thinking we could run a different route. I knew most of my surroundings, but I kept my eyes on Vaughn and when he turned, I followed.

After three miles, I didn’t know where we were, except that we were further from our car. Vaughn reassured me he knew where we were. He likes to run. Me, not so much. A little later, Vaughn looked back and asked if I was okay and if I knew where I was. I told him I knew where we were, but I didn’t know how to get back to our car. I reassured him that I trusted him and believed he could get us back. 

Like most of our runs, Vaughn waited on me if he got too far ahead. Sometimes, he would circle back and then start again. At other times, he would wait at an intersection before he made the turn. He was always aware of where I was.

As I made my way through one of the intersections, I was reminded that Vaughn mimics God. God leads the way. We just need to keep our eyes on Him. Doing so is not always easy, and sometimes He must circle back and encourage us to keep going. Our job is to keep our eyes on Him. We need to trust that He knows our destination and the best way to get us there.

Vaughn and I did make it back to our car. When I looked at my watch, I saw we had run five miles. Of course, Vaughn said, “Five miles? Is that all?” And, yes, I rolled my eyes.

How can you better trust God’s guidance?

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Tina Smith

Tina Smith currently serves as the Assistant Director of MAP Global, a mission agency located in Asheville, NC. She served on the staff of her local church for eight years before pursuing her current calling with MAP Global. She also works as the head secretary at Pisgah Elementary School. Tina has three adult children and has been married to her husband for thirty-five years. When she is not at Pisgah or working at MAP Global, Tina loves to hike, camp, and enjoy the outdoors.