True North

by Katy Kauffman

I kept losing North. It was 27 degrees outside, and although I was wearing 5 layers, I started to lose feeling in my fingertips. Cars kept crossing our intersection, and I had to keep up with where North was. About a year ago, I helped my dad and a team test light levels in a downtown area, and I was in charge of the grid map and showing them which spot to test next.

The red building, I thought. That’s it.

In the middle of a cluster of buildings, a mini sky scraper glowing with red lights served as my compass. Whenever I lost my sense of direction, I looked in every direction to find my red marker. Thankfully the marker never moved as we tested 24 spots in the intersection.

As we travel through life, our path doesn’t stay in a simple straight line. Sometimes we have to meander on an ever-curving path down into a valley or hustle up a steep, rugged path on a mountain. It can be easy to lose our sense of direction, and we wonder which way to go. Which way is North.

There’s a red marker that brings us hope. When life’s circumstances threaten to steal our sense of direction, we can look to the cross that always shines with hope, comfort, and reassurance, and to the One who gave His life for us. He bore on the cross the opposite of everything that is good and holy. The cross for Him was torture and anguish. The cross for us is peace and life.

When we are uncertain how to proceed in life, we can look to Jesus and reorient our heart’s focus. The Lord who conquered sin and death can handle every storm, every obstacle and bump in the road. His perfect love, power, and wisdom guide us on our journey, and because He gave His life for us, we can have the life God wants for us—a life filled with victory, courage, and faith.

As we move forward in a new year, let’s take a few moments to thank God for our “red marker.” The love and life Jesus spilled out for us made our life with God possible. Never again do we travel alone. Never again do we have to search for something or someone to be our “true North.” He is with us all along the way.  

“I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:20 NKJV

Do you have a Bible verse or word from God that will help guide you in the new year? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and happy 2019!


© Copyright 2017 by Katy Kauffman. Adapted for New Year’s Day 2019.


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Comments (4)

  • anon

    Yes, TRUST in the Lord, from Proverbs 3:5-6.  We met this year with a challenge - a missing wallet that we thought was in a restaurnat 71 miles away. Dispaired of it being there... of driving there. But as we were walking out the door, the Lord led my hubby to look one more time in a place we had both looked before.... and there it was.
    It taught me that I CAN indeed TRUST in the Lord this year, no matter what the challenge. And not to lean on my own understanding of things.

    Jan 01, 2019
  • anon

    Thank you for sharing that story, and I love that verse. I've heard it so much, but in 2018 it became even more precious as I meditated on it. I'm grateful we can follow God's direction, because He knows what to do every single time. And I'm glad you found that wallet! Thanks for visiting and commenting, Jacqueline!

    Jan 01, 2019
  • anon

    I like your compass analogy, Katie. Jesus is the One who  points us in the right direction!

    Jan 01, 2019
  • anon

    Thank you, Barbara! Amen!!

    Jan 01, 2019

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