You will never get lost if you always know where you are and where you are going! I used that statement often when I taught flying. After all, present position is a simple extension of where one has been in the past, combined with the direction and speed one has traveled since the last known position.
For instance, pilots always know the airport they are departing from. And as long as they kept track of their time in flight and the direction and speed they were heading, then they would always know their approximate position, even if they couldn’t always pinpoint it on a map.
Then each time they could positively identify their present position on the map, the navigating process would start all over again. They were always a given number of minutes away from their last known position, and they had been flying a given direction and speed. So even when they were in between positive identifications of their location on a map, they still had an approximate idea of where they were, and where they were going.
Unfortunately my students didn’t always know how the winds aloft would affect their direction and speed, and because they often wandered from their desired heading, they would get off course. But once they determined how much they were off course, I would teach them how to make course corrections to get them back on course to ensure they would reach their ultimate destination; before running out of fuel. Obviously, everything they were doing before the flight and during the flight, should be a means to getting them safely to their destination airport!
Have you ever been lost? Do you know where you came from? Do you know where you are? Do you know where you are going? Can you get where you want to go on the direction you are presently traveling? If you want to go to the Atlantic Ocean, you must proceed on an easterly course. If you are heading on a westerly course, you will never make it!
Some people tell me they want to go to heaven, yet they want to get there maintaining a misguided course. Sadly, if their present course is not heading in heaven’s direction, they will never make it! They must make a course correction before they run out of fuel, or miss heaven forever. Since heaven is God’s home, He alone has the prerogative to advise us on the required course to get there.
The only course that will take you to heaven is to aim for Jesus Christ! He said that He was the only way to the Father, and the only way to the Father’s eternal home in heaven. Reaching heaven will only be by God’s grace, through your faith in God’s Son alone. Are you heading the wrong direction, or just off course? Since your fuel is limited, get on course today by turning from anyone or anything, to Jesus alone!