Directionally Challenged

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I’m a klutz. Unfortunately, I have to confess that I’m also directionally challenged. When someone tells me to turn right, I’m totally confused. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to figure out which way is left and which way is right. When told to turn left, I usually end up looking like a bobble head doll with a bouncing head as I simultaneously try to look in both directions at once. Naturally, this shortcoming gave me lots of problems when I was learning how to drive.

When I received my learner’s permit, my father got around my directionally challenged brain by telling me to “turn at that tree” or “turn at that barn.” But the day of my driving test, I knew I was in trouble. When my father let me drive around town for some final practice before test, I was in a nervous tizzy. And when we were in the church parking lot practicing parking, I finally voiced my fears.

“Daddy,” I wailed in rising panic, “I’m never going to pass if the examiner asks me to turn left or right. I’ll go the wrong way, I know I will!”

Suddenly, I heard my father chuckle. Without saying a word, he grabbed my hand and kissed it. I stared at him in surprise.

Dad smiled. “Just remember that I kissed you, and it’ll be okay.”

“How so?” I asked.

“When you’re taking your test, picture me sitting RIGHT beside you instead of the examiner. Picture me being RIGHT here. Can you do that?”

Still feeling confused, I nodded. “But how’s that gonna help me with directions?”

“Easy,” Dad said. “Which hand did I kiss?”

“This one,” I replied, waving it at him.

He nodded. “Could I have kissed your other hand while sitting RIGHT beside you?”

I shook my head. “Not without climbing over the steering wheel.”

He laughed. “The hand I kissed is your RIGHT one. And I’m RIGHT beside you. If you’re told to turn right, just turn in my direction. Turn in the direction of love.”

Thanks to Dad’s advice—and his kiss on my hand—I passed my driving test. And down through the years, I’ve cherished his advice to turn in the direction of love. You see, I’ve realized that Dad’s advice could’ve been echoed from the mouth of God. Whenever I’m faced with a puzzling decision, I always try to remember that God is RIGHT beside me. I try to always remember to turn in the direction that makes me feel God’s love and peace. Turning in the direction of love—I think that’s lovely advice.


God grants good sense to the godly—His saints. He is their shield, protecting them and guarding their pathway. He shows how to distinguish right from wrong, how to find the right decision every time.” Proverbs 2:7-9


14 thoughts on “Directionally Challenged


    What a wonderful story. Makes me think of my dad. He had been in heaven for about 28 years.

    I always had a problem with finding places. I get confused which way to turn. I have ended up going the wrong way and have to turn around. Even though lived in the same town all my life I still confused especially when getting off the expressway. So know how you feel.

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    1. Dear Janice, I am so sorry for your loss. A wonderful father is such a treasure! Thank you for your comment. I’m glad that I’m not the only one who is challenged by directions! 🙂 I hope you have a fantastic day! 🙂 ❤


    1. Dear Anita, I’m so glad that you enjoyed my article and that you think my father is great! I think he is pretty special too! ❤ 🙂 Thanks for your lovely comment! May your day be wonderfully blessed as well! ❤


  2. What a joy heaven’s going to be…not only will I be with my Lord Jesus, I’ll get to know your wonderful folks. And you too! You are blessed to have such wise and wonderful parents…and they did a great job parenting, in spite of the fact you’re a klutz–honest, but still a klutz who writes exciting and astonishing books! I’d take that trade-off any day.

    Thanks for these words of wisdom this morning in our upside-down and backward world. Yes, God is RIGHT beside us–ALWAYS. And He is always, always RIGHT!

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    1. Dear DiAne, heaven is going to be AWESOME!! When I see you there, I’m going to grab my parents’ hands, run right over to you, and introduce you! Can you imagine what a glorious time we are all going to have? Just thinking about it makes me happy! Thank you so much for your lovely comment–it made me smile. 🙂 I’m so glad that are enjoying my blog and my books! I think that is high praise! I hope you have a fantastic day! Thanks so much for commenting! ❤ 🙂

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    1. Dear Ann, thank you so much for your lovely comment! I’m so glad that you enjoyed my article. I’m also glad that you think it is a wonderful reminder of God’s care. I hope you have a great afternoon! Thanks for taking the time to make my day such a happy one! ❤ 🙂


  3. This is wonderful Danele, but it would not work in England as we drive on the left! What a wonderful dad you have. When my children were young I would put a little ‘R’ and ‘L’ on the back of their hands so that they knew which side was left or right. Love your blogs x

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    1. Dear Margaret, I’m so glad that you are enjoying my blogs! Thank you so much for your lovely comment about my father–I think he is pretty special! 🙂 I like your idea about putting a little “R” and “L” on your children’s hands–that’s such a good idea! I’ve always wanted to visit England, but if I do, I think I will leave the driving to someone else! The thought of driving on the “wrong” side of the road is daunting! LOL!! 🙂 I hope you have a great day! Thanks so much for commenting! 🙂


  4. lelandandbecky

    Awww! I love your daddy!! I’ve been meaning to read this, and I’m really glad I did. I will always thinking about turning right = turning in the direction of love! Thanks for such a wonderful viewpoint!

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    1. Dear Becky, I’m so glad that you think my father is terrific! I think so too! I’m very blessed to have him in my life. ❤ I'm also glad that you enjoyed my article and my father's advice to turn in the direction of love. Thank you so much for your lovely comment and for all of your support! I hope you have a fantastic week! 🙂 ❤

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