At times life can be like a daze in a maze. When you are in a daze in a maze, you helplessly gaze here and there and there and to and fro. You feel like “Waldo” and no one can find you and you cannot find them. It seems you often run into a dead end. You go left when you should go right and go right when you should go left. You are lost and say as cartoon Pogo, “Everywhere I go, there I am.” But where am I? You yell to no avail. You yelp – no help. You feel gone and alone. You become confused and at times amused. As Alice in the maze of Wonderland asked the Cheshire Cat, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” The Cheshire Cat said, “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” Alice said, “I don’t much care where.” The Cat replied, “Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.” You feel like the cowboy who ran and jumped on his horse and ran off in all directions. You cope with hope. As the police asked the robber in a bank, “What are you doing here?” He replied, “Everyone has to be some place.” You are also some place. But where? You see that “Kilroy was here,” but where is here? Could you also say, “Been there, done that!” Are you in a daze in a maze?
Learn a lesson from Job that there is time to stop trying and start trusting. Job never knew why, but he learned Who. He finally said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15). Stop looking horizontally – look vertically: That’s right, look up! “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD” (Psa.121:1-2). When you are in a daze in a maze don’t forget to look up. He is “there” and He knows the way out. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isa. 41:10). Look up! He directs both your steps (Psa. 37:23) and stops (Acts 16:26). He says, “This is the way, walk ye in it” (Isa. 30:21). Look up! Much could have been avoided, if you had only looked up earlier.
When Israel left Egypt, they faced the Red Sea before them and Egyptian soldiers behind them. There was no way out! They forgot to look up. Thankfully, God looked down and did for them what they could not do for themselves. Remember, what is over your head is under His feet (Psa.8:6). Look up! Stop trying – start trusting. Look up! Pray, “Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O LORD” (Psa. 70:1). So don’t forget to look up when you are in a daze in a maze.