In early 2001 I stepped out of running restaurants full-time and dove headfirst into a new career of selling…stuff. Over the course of five years, I had six different jobs selling everything from cookies to concrete. As you could well imagine, my new bride was totally thrilled to see her new husband go from job to job to job…well, you get the idea. 

My favorite short-term sales stint was selling Gatorade. I was a powder pusher to high schools and colleges along the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina. My job was simple. Get that orange G out on the sidelines. The hardest part about my job was finding the schools. How did we find anything before Mapquest, Apple Maps, or Waze? It was just me with a paper map gripped in my hand, rolling along the back roads of the coastal Carolinas in my black sedan. I cannot tell you how many times this newly-transplanted Yankee got lost. Boy, did I see some interesting sites in Bamberg and Darlington counties! That’s a story for another day.

I came across these two scriptures this week. They were such good reminders of what to do when we get lost and need a little direction.

“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:3

When you’re lost on a back road surrounded by fields, you can’t help but panic a little. You start checking your gas gauge and your cellphone reception to ensure that you won’t get stranded. Something similar happens when we lose track of where God’s leading us. 

James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” 

I put those two scriptures together, and it reads like this,

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously. It will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” 

What a promise! But, asking for directions can be tough when you’re lost, but the good news is, you’re not alone. What can I ask God for you? I would love to pray for you. Please drop a note in the comments or send me an email to

We will get through this together!

In His service and at yours!


Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

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