I am what some would call “directionally challenged”. I could struggle to find my way out of a wet paper bag with scissors. Navigation systems were designed entirely for people like me. Even though I have lived my entire life within the same county, I use GPS to find my way around. Knowing that satellite guided direction is audibly leading me step by step is wonderful and helps ease my fear of becoming lost.
I recently attended a wedding that was held somewhere I had never been. I knew I would need GPS assistance and typed the location into the search bar. Within seconds, several possible routes were offered. I chose one that would allow me to arrive on time and I began my journey with confidence coursing through my veins. The first part of the drive used familiar roads. I barely listened to the navigation telling me where and when I needed to turn, but as I reached unfamiliar areas, the roads seemed to twist and turn, and the more doubtful and concerned I became, regardless of the pleasant voice telling me where to go.
The GPS was giving me directions that didn’t seem to make sense. I thought to myself, “This doesn’t feel right. Am I headed the right way?”. Anxiety began building as I fought the fear of getting lost and being late for this special event. Just as I was considering pulling over to double check the map and location I had selected, I saw street names I recognized from my pre-trip search and signs for my desired destination. Relief rushed through me. I arrived with 20 minutes to spare and enjoyed the evening with family and friends.
I sometimes feel this way about God’s guidance. I seek and follow His direction for my life but I question when it doesn’t seem to make sense. God sees things from an even clearer vantage than GPS satellite guided capability, yet I get anxious, have a troubled heart, and fight fear. I don’t understand life’s twists and turns. Yet still He’s always been faithful. He always will be.
Life is filled with things we don’t understand but we don’t need to fear if we are seeking God’s guiding wisdom, trusting, and obeying His lead. When life is hard, takes a twist, we feel lost, wondering if we got it wrong, we can rest in the truth that He sees and knows where He is leading. Trust in the Lord with all your heart do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT). We can trust that when this life is over, we will arrive on time to another special wedding dinner, the marriage feast of the Lamb. Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure. (Revelation 19:6b-8a NIV).
We are all spiritually directionally challenged. Are you following the true GPS: God’s Positioning System?