A friend and I were going to meet another friend for dinner before seeing a play together later that evening. We entered the address for the restaurant into the GPS on her phone and started our journey. I watched as the GPS began to show the recommended route. The way it chose seemed to be the long and cumbersome way to me so I said we should go another way and ignore the directions. After all what did this piece of machinery know about roads! Unfortunately my friend decided to follow me and disregard the chartered route given by that machine. I thought I was pretty smart and that the GPS was just trying to take us on a scenic route through every back road imaginable (you know what I am taking about!) but my self-satisfaction was short lived when we arrived on the interstate. The road I thought would be more direct and a lot faster was in fact, full of bumper to bumper traffic and crawling at the slow rate of 1 mile every five to ten minutes! Needless to say we were both frustrated that we had ignored the direction and realized that the GPS was simply trying to take us on the easier and faster route. As we sat in the slow, SLOW traffic, my friend made an interesting comment (thankfully it was not for me!), she said, "Okay GPS, we have learned our lesson, we will not doubt you again!". We indeed did not hesitate to follow its direction as we proceeded no matter how crazy it seemed!
Her statement stayed with me and made me think about my own choices. On a regular basis we will type an address into our GPS and follow it turn by turn without question. We allow it to take us on every back road and through every little town if that is the route it goes. Even though we have never been that way before and at times it seems it may be leading us down a forsaken road, we follow on. When a little bit of hesitation begins to creep its way inside our brain we quickly brush it aside by saying something like, "It knows what it is doing, after all it has that satellite that tells it where to go". We will blindly follow a machine without hesitation but we fail to trust the God who made us.
This thought has stayed with me and been very convicting. I am a person who follows a GPS without question because I believe it knows the way. Even when my mom says she thinks it is wrong, I firmly tell her it knows where it is going, its going to be fine! But when it comes to following God and allowing Him to have full control over my directions I shrink back and hold tight to my reins. I allow myself to question His way and convince myself that I know better or tell myself, "this can't be right, I had better pull over or turn around." The God of the universe, who loves me with all of His eternal being, the One who made me with a purpose and knows my future can be trusted. Yet I refuse, so often, to allow Him to have control over my life. To be honest I am utterly ashamed and embarrassed with myself for trusting a machine better than I do my Creator.
God asks me to trust Him and has proven to me over and over again that He is faithful and only wants what is best for me. Life is like those roads, filled with many twists and turns. While my ultimate destination is Heaven there are many little towns and back roads I must first travel through. Ones that are needful for my journey. If I want my life to stay on course and arrive exactly on time then I must learn to trust my Heavenly Father. He knows which road I need to go on to avoid the delays or road blocks. Even though my friend and I made it to our dinner, we were extremely late and were not really able to enjoy our food before having to rush off to make the play (which we actually ended up walking in 10 minutes late to). If we had followed the directions we would have arrived with plenty of time to eat and talk with our friend before leaving to go to our next stop. There is no way I cannot go to heaven but if I go my own way I will miss out on the many things God had in store for me to do while I am here on earth. There may be things He wanted me to enjoy but due to my own foolish choices I miss out or short myself on these blessings.
While this may seem a little silly to you, it really was an eye opener to me. My God asks that I trust Him with my whole heart and not to lean on my own understanding. I need to acknowledge that He is Lord of my life and if I will let Him, He will direct my path, one that is perfect for me and filled with only the things necessary to grow me as I make my way home.
So how about you? Do you think that your GPS is better than God, more trustworthy than the One who made you or are you willing to follow Him wherever He leads no matter how crazy it seems?
I am just an ordinary girl who is loved by an extraordinary God and I seek to love others the same way. I love to bake, read, do puzzles, watch Hallmark movies, and go shopping with my mom! This blog was created as a place where I could share some thoughts that the Lord has shown me and to be an encouragement to others who desire to know Him in a deeper way. My prayer is to learn to sit still and trust God with my future.
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