True North

February 28, 2012

Wandering through our little borough recently we happened upon a house with a weather vane. Usually I only see these things out in the country;  I always wanted one on our home in Michigan, it would have been a perfect, if extravagant fit.  This weather vane was unusual in that, although North and South were properly indicated, pointing in the correct direction, the E pointed West and nothing pointed East.  We speculated as to how this came to be.

I noticed that “E” “N” and “S” all look the same when turned upside down, and that maybe during a storm the thing had blown off, the “W” was broken off in the fall and the indicator was put back up upside down.  Diane added with a chuckle that maybe it was put back upside down, but no one knew which direction “M” was, so they simply broke off the upside-down “W”  we both liked that answer best.

In the days of GPS devices programmed into our smart phones getting lost has become a lost art.  But getting bad directions from others regarding anything except directions is not guaranteed in a world where Google regularly offers nine million suggestions.  There are mendicants offering money advise, philanderers offering fidelity suggestions and furniture-flateners offering fitness information.

But we do have an indicator better than a weather-vane, more truthful than a TomTom more accurate that an aneroid altimeter.  God’s Word will always point us in the right direction.  It is the most reliable guide.  Period.  “The future is the one path out of time and into eternity.”*  The Word of God is the Light that illuminates the future, the Right Path.  So stay in the Word.  Know the words.  “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.  (Deuteronomy 6:7-9)

We have the opportunity, no, the responsibility, to point to True North; it is the highest privilege, most sacred honor, and the greatest obligation for those of us who raise or teach children.  Hold out the Word of God as a compass.  It will point the Way.




*Dean Koontz  Breathless, 2009, Bantam Books,  page 312


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