Posted on October 21, 2019 by Nancy Schmitt
“If you stray to the right or the left, you will hear a word that comes from behind you:
‘This is the way; walk in it.’”
“Trust in God with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge God, and God will make straight your path.”
This past week, I attended an out-of-town clergy gathering. Before I left, I inputted my destination into the GPS of my Smartphone and waited for the friendly voice to direct my way. Because I was leaving during the morning commuter traffic, I allowed some extra time. Soon after I began my journey, the voice on my GPS said there was a disabled vehicle and slow traffic along my route, so I was being redirected to an alternative route.
Not knowing exactly how to get to my destination, I made the decision to follow the directions of the GPS (and the friendly voice seemed confident that this was the best choice to make). After several minutes, the route I was traveling seemed to be taking me on many hilly and winding country roads and I was losing confidence in my GPS navigator. Since I was almost an hour into my trip, I decided to press on and follow the GPS rather than venture on my own path.
Because of the steep hills and sharp turns, I was going at a speed much slower than I thought I would have traveled on the original route, even with traffic delays. That’s when I noticed the gorgeous and spectacular colors of the rolling hills and trees along the route. I arrived at my destination about 15 minutes later than I expected, but I was treated to a beautiful morning drive.
We all have times when we either lose or question our direction. Other times, we may feel unsure or confused about the path we are taking or where we are truly going. And given the number of verses in the Bible that address the issue of direction and plans, this must be something people have been struggling with for thousands of years.
GPS is the abbreviation for Global Positioning System, which is part of most Smartphones or may be a separate device we have in our cars to give us directions to where we are going. As people of faith, we also have God’s positioning system (GPS) as part of our journey of life and faith. God knew we would have times when we feel lost or question our direction. Yet, God does not leave us alone or without hope.
In this week, whether we are using a GPS device or not, may we rely on the scriptures to know God’s direction and be encouraged on our path of life and faith.