My balance was impaired by the act of turning round and round. My equilibrium was shot! The ability to stay upright went flying away as I flew around in circles. As an adult, I do not even turn my head too fast. My mature inner ear does not need much of a trigger to set the world spinning and become totally disoriented.
Have you ever walked into a pitch black room or had a room to go pitch black when the lights suddenly went out? How about going deeply down into a cave and they turn the lights out to show you how dark it is? You can't see the hand in front of your face. You totally loose the ability to estimate distance and even the sound of a voice is not enough of a clue to make a good guess. The blackness seems to close in around you and become part of the air you breath.
The rock wall could be inches from your face or several feet way, but you have no way of knowing. The blackness is disorienting.
If you have ever, dived deep into the dark waters of the ocean, you understand when you can no longer see the surface of the water and the bottom is not visible, you can easily become confused as to up and down. The same thing holds true when you have a large wave roll you over and you are spinning around. Unless you can feel the bottom of the ocean floor, you can become confused as to what is up and where is down. I have had this to happen and it is very disorienting and scary. Loosing your orientation as to which way is the right way to the surface is terrifying.
When you are hiking in the wilderness, you follow narrow, often rutted out trails. At times, the trails are poorly marked and because of animal trails, which look a great deal like the hiking tail, it is easy to become disoriented and even lost. More than one time on our hiking trips, we have had to retrace footsteps and look for the trail we have lost. As the trails narrow, become covered with rock, or even washed out they require a sharp eye to stay on the path. Staying on the path is essential to not becoming lost. At times, we have to look ahead of us for some distance to catch a glimpse of the trail and the way we should be going.
Our path through life can sometimes become disoriented with whirlwinds of emotion, black days of grief and despair, deep waters of struggle, and lost paths when our vision is obscured by the world. When the path seems lost, it is important to keep our eyes peeled for signs of the true path. Though it may be hidden among the perils and snares and dizzy days of life, the path is always there and our faithful guide is right by our side. We are never lost when we turn to Him and He will light the way, calm the waters, and steady our feet as we continue along the path. He will point the way.
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.