Biblical archaeologists recently made an amazing discovery. For centuries many people had wondered why it took 40 years for the children of Israel to make the short journey from Egypt to the promised land. Now we know. The archaeologists discovered that they had all male leadership in those days and no one wanted to stop and ask directions.
That little joke reveals a lot about how we men often think. We’d rather drive around a strange city an hour looking for a destination that to stop at a convenience store and ask the lady cashier for directions. Yet simply stopping for directions could be God’s way of putting you in touch with someone God wants you to speak to or leave a Gospel tract with.
Asking directions saves time and money we would have spent on unnecessary travel. It also gives us an opportunity to develop meekness and humility, character qualities we could all use more of.
So remember, next time you get lost, stopping to ask directions is the best way to redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.