tonight i accompanied the church youth group to a corn maze in petaluma. ahh the beloved infamous petaluma corn maze. you cant help but notice this travesty located west of highway 101. the annual corn maze has bewildered me for the past five years now. the morning commute traffic is even affected by this maze as all the south bound 101 travelers must slow down every morning to get a better look at this exciting new feature to the northern petaluma plains aka dairy fields. its like these people have never seen a combined corn field & pumpkin patch before in their lives!! like really you didn’t remember seeing this sight at approximately the same time yesterday morning? really?!! im not bitter really im not. ive adapted to this beloved maze and have accepted this as just part of the ramifications of living in sonoma county. the seed to this mayhem is planted in early july so by september the cornstalk is already well underway. when i see this pandemonium start to take shape to the promising yet legendary annual labyrinth this maze has become i know that fall is just around the corner. this apprehension has even become sort of a welcoming introduction to the fall and thanksgiving, David Bowie would be proud.
since time was crucial and of essence on my third time around the maze, i played the role of caboose to ensure the successful return of this part of the entourage with keeping to the nine o clock curfew. when about halfway through the maze we were met by a group of three somewhat obnoxious chatty cathys, when in passing, one of them made a comment that my group of kids and i were in fact going the wrong way. to this comment my confident response was that i was infact not lost but indeed going into the correct direction in getting through the maze. once the chatty group understood that the strategy of right-hand was indeed currently being executed in my group they turned around and asked for permission in following us. “of course you can” i said. in turn one of these ladies responded. “i guess we’ll have to trust you.”
tonight i was reminded of Matthew chapter 13 verses 44-46 in which it says, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
i was also reminded of Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
and also reminded by 2 Corinthians 5:7 We live by faith, not by sight.
because i knew in keeping with this right-hand rule i would successfully find the correct way out of the corn maze. i was like the merchant who sold everything he had to which i sold the right-hand-turn to any other way because i knew in the cancellation theory i would thoroughly exhaust every option in a systematic way that would ensure that i wouldn’t get turned around in a world that looked identical at every turn.
since the chatty cathy group surrendered to the will of a higher plan despite traveling counterintuitively back through the initial path they had just came from and persistently staying with the plan even though progress wasn’t initially seen the result of their decision made it possible for this group of girls to get out of the corn maze much sooner than had they stayed on the unknowing path of confusion.
because these girls chose to trust my prior calculation of the corn maze that they were initially unbeknownst to they were able to benefit in the reward.
if you trust what God says and have faith in His direction and His way you will be among those who will inherit the kingdom of heaven.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Matthew 14:29 “Come,” he said. then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.