by Erica Pearson, firstname.lastname@example.org
My husband recently bought me a fancy new phone. I was very content with my old one; however, I must admit I was immediately smitten with all the new bells and whistles now at my disposal. Shortly after receiving my new phone, I had the opportunity to take a little road trip and was anxious to use the new GPS feature. I was amazed at how when I typed in my destination, an entire map popped up right before me. (Yes, I know I’m very behind the times – a late adapter! But better late than never though, right?)
It was simply delightful to find every single twist and turn laid out before me. An added advantage was even finding a detour to my favorite coffee shop if I so desired.
It was then I thought, “Wow, sometimes I sure wish God would tap into this new technology.”
- How much easier would life be if I knew exactly where He was taking me?
- How much simpler would life be if I could easily see all the bumps, dips, and road blocks?
- How amazing would it be if I could see exactly when I took a wrong turn and could hear Him recalculating my path?
On my way home I began to understand why God, in fact, does not use GPS with us. You see, on the way to my destination I was so focused on the road and my “next turn”, I neglected to observe my surroundings. I was following the directions, but my mind was not engaged. There was absolutely no opportunity for any judgment call, choice, or interpretation on my part. Simply put, I was mindlessly listening to turn-by-turn instructions.
The beauty of our relationship with God is in the fact that He gives us choice and opportunity to think for ourselves. While at times we resent this fact, it’s with this opportunity we see Him work. If we did not have bumps in the road, when would we turn to Him? If we never had to question our route, when would we ask Him for direction?
It’s in these uncertain moments we should learn to praise Him, learn to follow Him, remembering His words provide us an opportunity to hear His voice. When we find ourselves lost and looking for direction, we should stop, look around and ask ourselves: “What is it He wants us to see? Where does He want us to go?”