THE BLOG
10/14/2011 06:13 pm ET Updated Dec 14, 2011

Use Your G.P.S.

Today while driving, I didn't listen to the voice coming out of my GPS because I thought I knew a better route to get to my desired destination. However, I was wrong... very wrong. Not only did I take the wrong route; but in doing so, I ran into extra obstacles and road blocks. First I turned down a street where construction was going on and the lane was blocked.

Then I came to a busy intersection, and the signal light was not working and we all know how most people pretend to not understand how to make it a four way stop. When I finally thought I was back on the correct route, I came to railroad tracks and seemingly the absolutely longest train ever comes. So I had yet another delay.

What should have been a 10 minute drive turned into a 55 minutes. It also resulted in much frustration, stress and ended with a mind-blowing headache. I was faced with all these unnecessary issues all because I didn't allow the GPS to do the very thing I purchased it for ... To direct me from one destination to the other.

Although by purchasing it, I was supposedly saying that I trusted it to do the job for which it was created. Yet, I still thought my way was better ... And look where it got me.

We often do the exact same thing in our Christian walk. God has provided us with a life GPS, the Bible (A good friend of mine calls it God's Position System). The Bible has clear and concise instructions/directions for every aspect of our life.

God even gave each of us access to the Holy Spirit to remind and nudge us when we begin to get off the designated track. Yet, just like me this morning - too often we feel like we know better than the GPS (Bible) and decide to go our own route.

The Bible says turn right and we turn left. We purposely block out that little voice that keeps telling us to take a u-turn.

And what happens? We find ourselves wondering how our lives got turned upside down. ... Stuck in bad situations ... Facing meaningless obstacles ... Waiting for trains to pass that never should have been on our route to start with.

And yes, God can get us back on track just like the GPS did in my car. But first we must finally relinquished control and listen to it. So be encouraged. It may be taking longer than it should have but you can get back on track and become everything God called you to be.

For this is God, Our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death. Psalm 48:14

Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me. Psalm 119:133

I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble. Take firm hold of instruction, do not let it go; Keep her, for she is your life. Proverbs 4:11-13

*This is reposted from the author's blogspot My Coffee Moments.