I am one of the most directionally challenged people that I know. I grew up thinking that whatever direction I was facing was North. It came from a teacher standing in front of my class, turning her back to us and saying “See we are all facing the same direction now. Whenever we are facing this way, we are facing North.” Ill perception I know, but you can see how this has posed a problem for me over the years.
A friend of mine agreed to go on a short road trip with me, and she asked where my map was? I told her I did not need one that you go down this road until you get to the puppy store, then you will see a Dairy Queen, then a zoo – all of which indicated places that I needed to turn. She was concerned about my method. She inquired, “This is the way that you travel?” “Yep! Sure is.” We found our way that day and we even made it back!
It’s surprising that I ever make it anywhere really. I am so grateful for the invention of the GPS. I just type in where I want to go and it magically gets me there – most of the time!!! There have been occasions when it has taken me to empty warehouses and made me drive in circles around the place that I was trying to go, but I still follow it – blindly.
On a recent trip, I decided that I needed to program in a different address than the one I had originally intended. So as I was driving down the interstate, I politely began saying…voice command. No response from this inanimate object. So I began getting louder and louder until I am shouting at my GPS – VOICE COMMAND , VOICE COMMAND. Finally, I received a response. “Did you say Juneau, Alaska?” GRRRRR NO! NO! NO!
I put my total trust in this electronic gadget with a voice of someone that I have never met. Normally with no back up plan – just knowing that it will lead me to where I want to go.
As I was circling the airport, picking up my husband the other night – I thought this stupid GPS had me circling the airport the last time I came here to pick someone up and here I am again…circling the airport, taking the long way, the wrong way AGAIN. My husband had even given me directions to include parking in the cell phone waiting area – which I could not find! (Perhaps because there was no shopping landmarks of great interest to catch my attention. I mean if there had been a Container Store, a mall….something like that, surely I would have turned IMMEDIATELY!)
Yes, I got there. How often have I followed the wrong direction or taken the wrong path in life? Putting my trust in the wrong idea, person, or device. Not following the voice inside of ME? Hmmm.
Let’s not leave God out of this. He is the ultimate GPS. Yet, I question Him when I do not even question my Garmin! I have often felt He was saying do this or do that and find myself asking are you sure? Really? You want me to do what? Surely I have misunderstood. I think I will just do this instead – this must be what you meant – to be followed by a big SLAP! Nope. That is not what He meant. Perhaps, He even tried yelling at me the same way I have yelled at my GPS and I still did not get it! Now I have the ultimate mess on my hands. “God….if I type in the destination NOW into your GPS will you please get me to where I need to be?” He always re-routes me and says whenever possible “Make a U-turn.”
He never fails me. Never has. Never will. So why is it that I am so eager to trust my GPS when it has misguided and misunderstood me time and time again. Yet God’s direction has ALWAYS been flawless and perfect? I still doubt. I still question. It is a good thing I am not God! I would be done with me by now!
Can I get an amen?
Until Next Time,
Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ” John 14:6 NKJV (It would seem to me that Jesus is saying that he is the ultimate GPS!)