Did you know it is impossible to walk in a straight line without a reference point? No, this is not a tip on passing a sobriety test. It is actually a scientific fact that without a point of reference to focus on we tend to go in circles.
This phenomenon has been documented scientifically, but it can easily be verified in our daily lives. Blindfold several friends and ask them to walk in a straight line. Monitor them to ensure they avoid obstacles and don’t be surprised by their wobbly, off-course results.
It’s weird, but it is a fact. According to scientists,
While it is baffling, I think it is also spiritually informative. As smart as we are, no matter how good our intentions, and no matter how informed we are by years of experience, we do wobble. Consistently “walk[ing] worthy” of our calling in life requires a guiding light. We cannot do it alone. We need a fixed and unchangeable point to mark the way.
“There is, apparently, in humans a profound inability to stick to a straight line when blindfolded, or when there is no fixed point –no Sun, no Moon, no mountaintop – to guide them.”
Yes, in our own strength alone we weave and wobble and walk in circles. But Praise God for The Word! God, in His great wisdom, knew we would need guidance and direction on our journey. In fact, scripture is replete with assurances that we will not be alone and promises that He will guide and keep us.
“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my pathway.”
When we study The Word, we find strength and light for our journey. In God’s Word, we can meet Jesus, the fixed, unchangeable focus to help us on our faith walk. Revelations 19:13, speaking of Jesus, says “He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God.” Timeless and unchangeable, He has been there from “the beginning”(John 1:1, 2). And He is there for us still.
“The unfolding of your word gives light .”
Though in our own strength we cannot defy science and walk in a straight line. If we keep our eyes focused on Jesus, our fixed, unchangeable focus, we can boldly, joyfully and peacefully journey on in faith.