ori·en·teer·ing |ˌȯr-ē-ən-ˈtir-iŋ | noun: a competitive or noncompetitive recreational activity in which participants use a map and compass to navigate between checkpoints along an unfamiliar course
“Busyness is often our temporary escape, and so we run, and we run until we have nothing left to guide us.” [D’Anna Lundstrom]
A friend, Paul Hughes, once likened our life journey to an orienteering race. Paul noted that a proficient orienteer will set her compass coordinates and run, keeping compass in one hand, map in the other, alternately raising the compass or map every few steps to avoid getting off the unmarked trail. The motion of raising the compass is an important part of the technique, because straying from the path costs more time and creates more risk than averting one’s eyes from the trail to check the compass.
Continually, repetitively, regularly, the orienteer raises her compass to check her course.
“Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.” [Proverbs 4:26-27]
The orienteer sets her compass to reach the mark and she follows the path.
“…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” [Hebrews 12:1-2]
The orienteer calculates her course correctly and checks her progress continually, reaping the reward of His steadfast love and faithfulness.
“All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.”
“Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.” [Psalm 25:4-5]