It is widely known that anyone who is lost without a proper compass or sense of direction will always walk in circles. German scientist, Jan Souman released a study in 2009 on people’s ability to walk a straight trajectory. In his study, he took six people to a forest, told them to walk for four hours and pointed them in the direction he intended them to go. Four of the people walked in circles the entire time, crossing their own paths up to three times. The other two people walked in a relatively straight direction, except for the first 15 minutes. What is so interesting about the study is that the four who walked in circles did so on a cloudy day and the two who walked straight only had cloud cover for the first 15 minutes and then the sun came out. (1)
What I love about this study is the link between following the sun and walking straight. The sun is what gave people their sense of direction.
If you think about the situations you have faced throughout your life, do you continue to face the same things over and over – relationship issues, problems with jobs, financial mishaps, bad habits or addictions? Sometimes we think, “If I find a new partner, get a new job or win the lottery none of these things will happen anymore.” The reality is that changing those things usually won’t fix this endless cycle.
Just like the sun guided the people in the study above, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, can guide each of us in the right direction. So instead of facing the same problems over and over, let the Word of God direct your decisions and spend time seeking what the Lord wants you to do.
Knowing the truth and deciding not to do anything about it is like a person hiking in an unfamiliar forest with a compass in his or her pocket, but deciding not to use it. This person will always get lost and continue to walk in circles.
The Bible records Jesus using the phrase, “follow me” over 20 times. It’s that simple! Follow Him and he will lead you in the right direction.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 say, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. NIV
- Current Biology, Volume 19, Issue 18, 29 September 2009, Pages 1538–1542