Signposts

I admit I’m a geek who loves the communications and study tool of this thing we call The Web.

For years as a young dude singing and/or playing guitar in several bands the trick was how to find our way to that evening’s show. I remember trips when we didn’t (!) even have a map in our van or rental truck and would have no choice but to stop and ask people for directions.

Sometimes 4 people would offer you 4 different and rather confusing routes “just down the road a piece” to get us to the gig. Arggghh!

I truly love the Internet, GPS directions and apps. Use ’em constantly… now.

In countless tours throughout the wide world myself and others of our band, road crew or even regional drivers focused on signposts- and of course still do even in the day of digital directions. You know, road and street signs- that’s how we find our way.

Paying attention to those signs have even put various apps and driving directions to shame in that there is at least on occasion, lag-time between the re-routing of a road crew and the app feed.

What to do? Pay attention to the signposts, in what ever form you find them.

I believe I’ve mentioned that I deeply love Iceland and have toured over much of the country several times with GKB as well as solo.

The landscape is beautiful, surreal and outside of cities and towns can even prove dangerous due to ice, snow, sudden storms off the North Atlantic, volcanic vistas and such. Thick clouds (when in higher elevations) or fog and the countryside itself can disorient you.

That’s when the many old piles of stones (way-markers) can save your very life, moving from one to the next until you finally arrive safe in civilization.

For the better part of my life I have found The Bible to be the surest signpost, the most accurate, clarifying piece of writ/book I know of.

A voracious history freak, I came to believe that Book due to my own studies of human, world and U.S. history. Never before nor since I began reading it have I found a more accurate signpost, an assessment of where I and yes, we stand or fall as individuals, people groups, current earth-dwellers.

My personal relationship with the risen Jesus Christ in Spirit/spirit and in truth is key, core, foundational. There is more than only one signpost of course. And yet my greatest signpost in any fog has been and is the Book He regularly quoted and in fact according to His purported words, birthed -regardless of human involvement.

Are there times the very signs themselves are confusing or seem contradictory one to another? Indeed. And yet I type these words blessed with the deepest sense of His presence, grace and peace due to the most essential signpost of all.

Is the POINT of the signpost to worship it? Never. It directs me more surely to the One worthy of worship like nothing else has.THEBookOfAllBooks

Any of us can talk ourselves into/out of just about anything.

The question is- where are you trying to go and what’s the surest route to get there?

As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Signposts

  1. Interesting Glenn, just a minute ago I finished reading the C.S. Lewis writing for the day. It’s a little long, but fits well with your post:

    “I remember once when I had been giving a talk to the R.A.F., an old, hard-bitten officer got up and said, ‘I’ve no use for all that stuff. But, mind you, I’m a religious man too. I know there’s a God. I’ve felt Him: out alone in the desert at night: the tremendous mystery. And that’s just why I don’t believe all your neat little dogmas and formulas about Him. To anyone who’s met the real thing they all seem so petty and pedantic and unreal!’

    “Now in a sense I quite agreed with that man. I think he had probably had a real experience of God in the desert. And when he turned from that experience to the Christian creeds, I think he really was turning from something real to something less real. In the same way, if a man has once looked at the Atlantic from the beach, and then goes and looks at a map of the Atlantic, he also will be turning from something real to something less real: turning from real waves to a bit of coloured paper. But here comes the point. The map is admittedly only coloured paper, but there are two things you have to remember about it. In the first place, it is based on what hundreds and thousands of people have found out by sailing the real Atlantic. In that way it has behind it masses of experience just as real as the one you could have from the beach; only, while yours would be a single glimpse, the map fits all those different experiences together. In the second place, if you want to go anywhere, the map is absolutely necessary. As long as you are content with walks on the beach, your own glimpses are far more fun than looking at a map. But the map is going to be more use than walks on the beach if you want to get to America.”

    From Mere Christianity
    Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s