The GPS is recalculating…..It’s the little moving dots that are so annoying….C’mon! C’mon!
The diagram of the little car on the screen is way off course!
Because we are navigating our way across New York City in a rental car, we need help.How to trust this unseen person, this voice that knows all?
Giving up control
Trust. It’s not easy when you are in unfamiliar territory. Have you ever felt that you are in a place where you feel conscious of the need to hurry and put some distance between you and your current position? Some of life’s tracks can take you there. It feels as though…’the quicker I get through this, the better the future will be…I need to learn something and move on!’
But trusting is, surely, not natural
We may be sure of our destination, but which pathway, street, highway or freeway do we use to get there? That’s up to this ‘higher power’, this indispensable GPS system that apparently relies on something way up in the sky to direct us safely to our resting place for the night.
What DID we do before we had those all-knowing, all-powerful satellites in space?
We are left with time to think. The traffic lights turn red and bring a reprieve, pausing us for a moment on our journey through a busy Brooklyn neighbourhood. “This route is saving you five minutes traffic delay time”
I am tempted to say: ‘thank you’ out loud. Doesn’t feel like we are saving time!
A necessary journey
Where I am now is sometimes not where I want to be. But I know that I need to pass through this place, in order to get to the ‘other side’. We may traverse the unknown, often bringing with us into our present situation some untapped emotions from before. They can jump out at us, ambush-style, as we become embroiled in the jungle of opinion and options, and just the everyday living that we all do.
Why is it that confusion can reign when we think we know best?. That Patience can wear thin when we are in a hurry to ‘get somewhere’…
The satellite guides us from the best possible perspective. Still, the fears surface. Deal with them, or fail! And all the while a glance out of the window presents the unfamiliar. Getting lost is never the goal, but it does happen. Even using a GPS!
A crowd of little kids, shepherded across the road crossing in front of us by a caring but harried teacher, reminds me of home.
My family. Out of sight, but never out of mind.
I miss those eyes, those turns of phrase that are foreign here.
Suppress the choking tears as they rise. The musical laughter in my head crescendos and then is silenced as the voice kicks in once again….
“Keep right. Merge left … now.”
Do as you’re told – it’s for the best!
And then. The road through dark, unfamiliar streets is finished and we face the long, straight highway once again. It unfolds before us. It’s obvious.
Roomy. Inviting us to fly.
Putting the foot down on the accelerator brings exhilaration. Confidence. We can settle now. The GPS works its magic and we are in the hands of the satellite once again. The journey, now a pleasure, brings the hope of what’s ahead into view.
We can almost feel that it’s nearing journey’s end. The worst is behind. We navigate the bridge, and notice green waters below, way, way below.
It’s not how it was. We are nearly there.
Being directed from Above
Life’s journey is taking us somewhere. But being lost, being under-confident and sometimes even untrusting, is common to most.
What are you using as your GPS? A man made-sense of things? Or are you God directed? Using the Heavenly perspective – that “guidance system” that leads and directs from the ‘quiet centre’ of your soul. One that communicates with a super-natural Help
It’s as easy as ‘tapping in’ right now.
Proverbs 20:24 (NLT)
“How can we understand the road we travel?
It is the Lord who directs our steps”.