It was a journey late in the evening. A few kilometres into the journey, it was already dark. The driver was unfamiliar with the route. Yet, there were some bad portions and potholes on the way. Navigation became a bit difficult.

Fortunately, he had someone by his side who knew the way. Periodically, the driver would be told, “Slow down, there is a bump ahead” or “Slide to the left. There is a terrible portion there”. As he followed the simple instructions, it became easier to navigate. He had to listen to the voice of the person who knew the way even though he had the steering wheel.

Beloved, your life is a partnership between yourself and the Holy Spirit. If you live it in any other way, you will get into many ditches and have a difficult ride through life. If you have the Holy Spirit by your side, ask him questions. Do not carry on stubbornly.

Isaac was saved from famine by instructions. Instructions are life preservers. He got to a place he named Rehoboth because he followed through in unknown seasons.

The Holy Spirit can lead you to who to marry, where to live, and the church to belong to among many others. He wants to be a part of your journey if you allow him. But if he is by your side and you do not engage him, he will watch you do life on your own. Learn to ask for his leading.

One major way the Holy Spirit helps us is to introduce us to those who also know the way most times, such people are teachers in life.

Isaiah prophesied it: “…your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes, you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:20‭-‬21 NIV

We saw it play out with Mary also. When Mary asked the Angel “How will it be?” The Angel gave two references. First, he said “The Holy Ghost” would come upon Mary. Second, he gave the name Elizabeth as a reference to someone who has seen God do the impossible.

To navigate tough and unknown seasons, you need the help of the Holy Spirit and the counsel of God-sent teachers. With these two, your journey becomes easier. Therefore, spend time in fellowship with the Spirit of the Lord and do not be far from fathers and teachers on the journey.

The early days of Mary’s pregnancy were spent with Elizabeth. Do not run through unfamiliar seasons alone. Do not let pride elongate your journey. Be spiritually smart.

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