“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”-Romans 8:28
Recently we took a very quick trip to my parents in NY. It may have been the quickest and the quietest trip we’ve had in a while. 😉 I’ll summarize it in three letters: GPS! It’s supposed to be a device meant to navigate you, but really I think it’s a device that sees how many different routes it can use to get you to the same destination! Let me give you a few comments in the car from that day, so you too can enjoy it like we did! NOT!
“Where is this thing taking us?” “That is not the right way!” “I’m not going that way.” “Trista, this is your neck of the woods which way do we go?” “Raymond, I have never lived up in this area… I DO NOT KNOW!” “Let’s just stop talking.” “Why don’t you just follow the GPS instead of arguing with it?” “Do you want an ice cream?” and again “Do you want an ice cream?” (Yes it took us in an hour-long circle, so Raymond thought asking again as we drove by would be “funny”!) HaHa! I could go on, but you probably get the point. We were frustrated and over an hour behind schedule. Then, to make matters worse, we get to the border crossing (not even the one we were aiming for) and they pull us over for a random search. UGGHHH.
By this time, we were tired and cranky and it was best to just be quiet! Jake, our dog, however didn’t seem to mind a bit. He slept for the extra hour and was quite happy to sit outside the border on a bench with us. Thankfully the border incident was very quick and we were on our way again sooner rather than later. Raymond decided it was because we looked so miserable they just wanted us to move along! Might be true!
The whole GPS thing got me thinking again about something I already know: God should be our GPS for life. Unlike the electronic one, HE DOES KNOW THE BEST ROUTE! He is The One who we should be letting navigate our lives. But, how many times do we say “I don’t want to go that way” or “This isn’t the direction I had planned”. We sometimes try to convince God to let us take a different route or we just veer off the chosen path and do what we want to anyway. Then we get lost, tired and cranky. It was a reminder that every day we need to seek God and ask Him “What is the best route for me today? “Where would you have me go and what would you have me do?” It is so easy for us to get caught up in the everyday routines of work, home, family, church, etc… that we forget to actually stop and consult the GPS, that being God. Also it reminds me that although I don’t always fully understand the route God is taking me on, I can be assured that He is working it all for my good. I know for certain that the destination will be worth the journey. This world is not our home, we are just passing through. Will you let God be your GPS? You can trust His route completely!
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.”… Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14: 1-4,6