Finding Our True North

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By Michelle Obleton, First Lady of Waukegan Community Church

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Did you know that the “Homing Pigeon” can find its way back home if taken nearly 2,000 miles away from its original location? I attended a graveside funeral where white homing pigeons were released as a spiritual symbol of a believer going home to heaven. The birds came from a gentleman who lived one state away. Once released, the birds flew up high, circled the graveyard three times, on their third circle somehow, they discovered north, they got their forbearing and headed back to their home. The gentleman who owned the birds said they would be back home waiting for him before he could get in his car and drive himself back home. I found the ability of these birds amazing. I understand that these birds detect a magnetic field to help them find north that ultimately leads them home. Some bird experts believe that in the upper beak skin of homing pigeons is high concentrations of iron particles and as these birds change directions the particles change their alignment as a needle in a compass, turns to point north.

Using a compass is the sure way to find north. No matter which direction you are heading, with the compass in your hand, the needle always moves so that it points north. Once you find north every other position in life makes sense. Sometimes we find our lives spinning out of control and losing our grip on reality. We become lost with the pressures of life, lost with un-meet needs. and crashing dreams. I know individuals (people I care about) that are hooked on drugs, and alcohol and they can-not find their way back. They basically have lost their sense of directional stability. They need to come up for air, realizing they are headed in the wrong direction and following this course of life will only lead them to cosmic disaster. They must focus on true north, the solution to their lostness. And here is the most important part, they must want more than anything to position themselves to head in the right direction. Finding north is like coming out of a fog of lostness, and finally finding the right road. 

Once the right road is found, it brings relief, safety, security, and productivity.

God is our “true north”. (If you know me at all, you know I was probably going to talk about God). But it is true, God is the compass of life! He is the one who ALWAYS sees beyond the situations we face. He sees through the lies, through the emotions, and confusions. He sees through the drugs, alcohol, and other crutches we use to try to numb our lostness. He also knows how and why we got off course in the first place. God can see in all directions, in every place, at every high and low level of life, and He can see everything all at the same time. He knows the directions we should go. God is reliable, trustworthy, a comforter, to follow God and His ways is finding our true north.

We are not homing pigeons circling the skies, we are homing people seeking and finding our true north in our Heavenly father. And when we get off course which is bound to happen from time to time, we need only to “look towards the hills from which cometh our strength” and find our north, and believe me, He is waiting to be found.

Prayers & Love,

Michelle Obleton, First Lady of WCC

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