All Roads May Not Lead Home
Recently, I downloaded from iPlayer, 3 episodes of BBC 2’s “All Roads Lead Home”, where Stephen Mangan, Sue Perkins and Alison Steadman travelled the UK each week for a specific destination, each of them leading the other 2 on foot to their original home, but without any maps, sat.navs or compass, in fact none of today’s navigational aids. Instead, they followed the ways of our distant ancestors, and looked for natural signposts like the direction of the south-westerly prevailing winds showing on swooshed-over exposed trees; which side of bushes or trees the lichen is growing; which side of animal dung is more dry; where the sun is, if showing; where spiders webs are positioned; churches being built with the alters facing east etc. All very interesting: they did in fact miss some of the signs and landmarks, got lost for a while a few times, once rather disastrously when they ended up traversing a peat bog, which absolutely exhausted them! Which all sounds rather familiar doesn’t it?
If, as Peter tells us, we are only refugees and strangers on this earth (1 Pet.2:11), with our citizenship in heaven, then to head for home, we need to follow the navigational signs of the Spirit, and look for that overgrown narrow track so much less travelled, instead of using the world’s methods and piling hell for leather down the well-trodden broad M routes that lead to destruction (Matt.7:13). And even then, how easy it is to miss the signs, stumble off track, go round in circles, think we’re taking a short cut and end up in a bog exhausted!
Let’s determine to shut out the world’s clamour, and better learn the sound of the Shepherd’s voice, trusting that “Whether you turn to the right or the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’”