With God, you don’t need GPS

by Erica Pearson, ericalovesbooks@gmail.com

My husband recently bought me a fancy new phone. I was very content with my old one; TBF GPShowever, 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?

GPS blog FOTOn 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?”


6 thoughts on “With God, you don’t need GPS

  1. I like this post & thought. It reminds me to be open minded because individuals who profess to have all the answers probably don’t. I recently read a book titled Becoming Mesiah by CB Baker, an Episcopal Priest. While I am not Episcopal I did learn some things about Christ’s journey & the author’s personal journey as well.

    1. I will definitely check that book out. I’m always looking for my next read. I agree about people who seem to have all the answers. In my experience, those who are willing to admit that they do NOT have the answers are the wisest…because they know exactly who holds the answer and how to lean on Him. Thank you Dave for the great feedback!

  2. I like your perspective. At my church a few months back someone said, “Jesus is my GPS” because we sometimes make wrong turns in our lives and get off course and He ‘recalculates our route” to get us back on the path that he has planned for us.
    Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you…”
    He lets us make our choices but once you open the door and ask him into your life – Deuteronomy 31:8 says “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” So you are not on the journey alone, Jesus is traveling with you.
    Jeremiah 29:11 continues with “…plans to give you hope and a future.”
    Praying blessings on your day and your journey.

    1. That is fabulous. I like the thought of Jesus recalculating my path. So many times I have felt that gentle nudge to go a way I may not be anticipating. How gracious is He to walk with us. Isn’t it amazing what a loving Father He is to give us grace when you did get off course!?

  3. That’s a great analogy! You have a gift for writing, and as I have learned this year, a gift for teaching as well. Trey and you have a great blog going here, and I wish you the best with it.
    And as an aside, Farm Day was fun today. Zoe had a great time! Thanks for all you do for the kids in your class!


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