Finding Direction

March 22, 2024

It’s that time of year when the geese start to migrate. It never ceases to amaze me that they, along with many other animals, find their way back and forth across the continent each fall and spring. It’s as though they have an inner compass that guides them.  Their unerring sense of direction has always been a source of wonder. Knowing what direction to travel is essential to their survival.

Humans have a need to know direction, too. Our early ancestors used the sun and stars or other natural phenomenon to guide their way. We developed different tools along the way to help us, most famously the compass. With the advent of GPS and smart phones, most of us don’t use a compass, but they are still a valuable tool for outdoorspeople who venture far away from modern conveniences.  With the needle always pointing north they help travelers find their way through the wilderness.

Our faith life is as a journey, too.  At times, we feel confident we are going in the right direction, knowing what path will lead us to happiness. That said, most of us at some points feel lost, uncertain which way to go. We may lose faith, figuratively and literally, and struggle to move forward. We search for guidance to help us find our way back to our home. It can be challenging to know which advice to follow.

Luckily, we have an inner compass to help guide us. Turning inward and finding stillness will allow us to access our own guidance system- prayer. As people of faith, we need to take time to listen to the Holy Spirit quietly prompting us to move in the right direction. Through prayer  we can find the answers we are looking for, the direction that will lead us closer to God, our true North.


Christine McInnis


Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find my delight. Psalms 199:35