Imagine you’re about to embark on a journey. In the past, a task like this would have proven difficult: navigating winding roads through woods and mountains with nothing but a paper map by your side. Today, however, things are different. Equipped with your luggage, satellite radio, and a bag of snacks, you pack the car. Climbing into the driver’s seat, you start the engine and reach for a piece of paper: the address. Although you don’t know how to get there, it’s not a problem. You plug the destination into your GPS and confidently begin on your way.
Have you ever been following a GPS and made a wrong turn? What happens? You hear the word, “Recalculating,” then the devise offers a way back on track. If you continue to miss turns, it keeps recalculating to find the way back to your original path, or it forms a whole new route.
I imagine many of us can agree that the GPS is an extremely helpful invention, but what is it about this devise that makes travel so much easier? Is it the turn-by-turn navigation? The devise’s ability to adjust course for traffic, keeping you on the presumed fastest route? Is it the comfort of knowing you’re on the right path, and if you make a wrong turn, the GPS will recalculate to get you back on course?
When it comes to our walk with God, He is our advanced GPS. Not only does He know the best route, but He also knows the destination. If we trust Him, He will get us there. Sometimes, I think we get stuck in our spiritual walk, sitting in our garage, waiting for the journey to start. We look at our GPS screen, eagerly wanting to punch in the address of that destination. We aren’t sure where God is leading us, so we hesitate to take a step.
Don’t get me wrong. Waiting is good, and it’s important to wait on the Lord. When it comes to our spiritual journey, sometimes God won’t reveal the destination. He’ll ask us to start driving and trust His guidance along the way. He wants us to take that first step of faith and continue to follow His turn-by-turn navigation, trusting that He will lead us where He wants us to go.
Consider Abraham. God said to him:
Leave your country, your people, and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
The Lord had a plan for Abraham (his name was Abram at the time)–a plan which involved going to a new place. Abraham obeyed. He started the journey, not knowing exactly where he was going, and trusted God. Abraham walked by faith and believed.
Perhaps God has shown you the destination. Trust His route guidance; He’ll lead you there. Maybe you don’t know the destination, and God is calling you to be obedient one turn at a time. Trust Him. He knows the destination, and as you follow Him, He’ll lead you to where He has called you to be.
When we get off course, God continues to reach out to us. Like the recalculating call, He desires to get our attention and direct us to His path. Even if we’ve made a wrong turn, or two, or two hundred, we aren’t too far gone for God. We can surrender to Him, and choose to follow His ways. He sees the map of life and knows where we are. He knows where He wants to take us and is the ultimate source on how to get there. Whether He directs us back to the original path, or forms a new route, we can trust that His way is the best way.
Believe. Trust. Follow. Obey. When we try to take the journey into our own hands, that’s when things go wrong. That’s when we get lost.
Trust God in the journey. Say to Him, “Lord, I’m willing to follow you each step of the way.” Listen to His guidance, one turn at a time, and He will take you to the destination.
‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’
Next time you hear the term, GPS, think: God’s Positioning System. Allow God to guide you through life. His way is the very best route.