When Laura and I moved to Florida, in the 11 months between selling a house in Louisville and buying a house in Hollywood, we lived with her parents. They live about 27 miles from our church campus, a drive which we made many times in that year. It was a bit of a commute, but a blessing to have family living so close. For 20 miles of the drive, we would drive North-South on Interstate 95.
The general trajectory of I-95 moved us either north toward the Sample Road exit in Pompano Beach, or south toward the Pembroke Road exit in Hollywood. But as you can see on the map, although the overall direction of I-95 moves north-south, there are places where it jogs north-east or south-west or vice versa. It doesn’t always (or often) go “true north”.
This drive paints a helpful picture of our life with God as Christians. Our general trajectory as Christians moves us “Godward”, toward God, increasing in knowing him and being like him. But often, we’re a little off-kilter. We’re heading north-east, slightly off course. But if we’re following Jesus through his Word, the Spirit’s compass keeps us tracking in the right direction.
We absolutely need to course-correct when we’re off-track.
We need to repent when we’ve gotten off an exit and busted onto the onramp in the opposite direction.
And we need to look at the overall direction of our lives, the big picture, and discern whether the general trajectory of our walk is toward God or not.