I rely way too much on the navigational apps in my phone. We live in the DFW metroplex and if you’ve ever experienced our traffic, you can fully appreciate the way that Waze or Google Maps can find alternate routes to your destinations, even the ones you drive to on a regular basis.
Of course these apps are non-negotiable when I’m driving someplace new/unfamiliar. But, even with all the voice prompts telling me exactly what lane to be in or what exit number to take, I will sometimes miss my turn, blow past the exit or turn left instead of right. When those moments happen, there is no shade thrown at me from my GPS, I don’t here “Are you kidding me?? Why didn’t you do what I said?” Or “Well, now you’re on your own since you didn’t listen to me the first time.”
I don’t beat myself up and call it quits because I missed a turn or turned too soon, because I know that my GPS will simply recalculate my route and within seconds it’s telling me how to get back on track. Granted, I might have to make a u-turn or drive a mile or two out of my way, but I always get to where I need to be, maybe a few minutes late, but none the worse for the wear.
Life is a highway, literally (if you get the song stuck in your head you can thank Cars and Rascal Flatts) and the Holy Spirit along with the Bible is our GPS that will get us to our destinations, and I’m not even talking about heaven. I’m talking about the everyday places we need to be, in order to carry out our purpose in life. Maybe we need to be on the road to forgiveness, or the highway of discipline or the interstate of prayer. One thing is guaranteed, just like road construction on 635 (google it if you need to) there will be slow downs, we will miss our turns, we’ll go left instead of right, or blow past the exit that we needed, and that’s okay. Because if an app, that cares zero about us can recalculate our route and get us to your destination, how much more will the Holy Spirit do for you and me?
When you need a recalculation in your life, don’t spend time wallowing in the fact that you have to be redirected, just trust in God, open His Word, LISTEN to His voice, and He’ll get you back on the right road, no shame or shade thrown your way.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalms 32:8 NIV