2013-12-11 - Whos Your Guide?
Last week I was on my way home from visiting a dear friend. At this particular point in the trip I was pretty tired, head hurting, and it felt like I was 100 hours from home although it was just over an hour. It was a foggy, misty rain and the visibility sort of stunk. It was my first longer trip using a GPS and I really enjoyed how it helped until this particular point. The machine was most interested in regaining the four minutes I had lost sitting in traffic after some other incident I never actually visualized. I thought I had told it no when in fact I agreed to take the upcoming side route to get back up to speed, so to speak. Due to the circumstances described above I should have just continued ahead and not taken an exit, but after doing so I thought about a few things that made it worthwhile.
The first reason to have taken the detour was it actually did help me regain the four minutes I had lost sitting in traffic. The second reason is it made me think about how God asks us to follow where He leads us and while in theory many times we think its great, we dont often fully trust He will get us to the other side. I can tell you I was really annoyed by my taking the exit and between horrible visibility and me not feeling like I had a clue where I was going, it was very difficult for me to believe this was a good idea. And if you have ever experienced a GPS error then you know what I am talking about. While God doesnt make errors, machines do! Be that as it may, it all worked out fine and although I still lost another minute due to the road conditions, it wasnt a complete waste of time. It taught me a little about trusting even when it seems like the worst idea possible. I do not recommend driving endlessly on unfamiliar roads, but I do recommend trusting God to take you down the right path. Even if you cant see where youre going, feel like its a good idea, or know where its going to lead, Hes got your back and when you mess things up He will recalculate for you.
.to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace. (Luke 1:79 NIV)