While traveling on a train, the Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, misplaced his ticket.
Watching him fumble through his belongings and pockets in frustration, the conductor tried to ease his mind. “Don’t worry about it, Mr. Holmes. I’m sure you have your ticket somewhere. If you don’t find it during the trip, just mail it in to the railroad when you reach your destination.”
Appreciative of the of the conductor’s empathy, yet dismayed by his predicament, he looked the conductor in the eye and responded: “Young man, my problem is not finding my ticket. It’s to find out where in the world I’m going.”
As Christians, the question becomes, “Where does God want us to go?” Or better yet, “Where does God want us to go where He can best use us and where He can be praised?”
God has a plan and purpose for each one of us. Our answers come from reading His Word and through our prayers. Through faith and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we understand that we need to allow God to lead us and to depend on His strength.
As the Apostle Paul wrote, “Now to Him Who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20).
When we follow God’s lead and depend on us His power, we will, unlike Oliver Wendell Holmes, not be lost.
As we place our faith and trust in Jesus, He can take control and lead us where He wants us to be.