I recently purchased a GPS in preparation for a trip that my Emily, Rebekah and I will be making without the benefit of having Dan and Eric along. Why? Because Eric and Dan have maps in their heads and the girls and I don’t.
I purchased it ahead of time so I could test it out in territory that I was familiar with and get used to how it works. After programming in directions from our house to town, we enjoyed the little voice telling us when and where to turn.
Coming home things got a little frustrating. Mac, as I’ve named my GPS, decided I should go home the way he chose, but I decided to see what he would do if I chose a different way. I turned down Hwy. 15 and Mac immediately said, “Make a U turn as soon as possible.” I ignored him and made my next turn onto Hwy. 94 headed toward home. Mac immediately said I should exit on Hwy. 23 and go north. This little machine was continually correcting my course to get me back to the way he determined that I should go. Going north on 23 would have taken me right back to town and to the road he wanted me to use to go home.
Isn’t this how God works with us? We ask, and He determines the best course for us. Then we take a wrong turn in an attempt to go our own way. He corrects us immediately by asking us to turn around and go back to His way. If we don’t respond, He continues to give us opportunities to correct our course and get back to the way He has chosen for us.
Isn’t this a simple but profound picture of our Lord? I know Mac will be an ongoing reminder to me to check in with God’s GPS and be sure I’m following His chosen path.
Psalm 15:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life; in thy presence is fulness of joy; at they right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
Finding Joy in the Journey,
A funny thing happened to us on the way to study God’s Word:
My husband Dan usually reads to us in the evening. He reads a Proverb, and then a chapter out of whatever book of the Bible we are reading through. Saturday we started the book of Hosea, which is the story of Hosea and his adulteress wife. When we sat down to read last night Dan prefaced his reading with, “Kids, this next chapter is going to be about your mother.” Yikes! All I could think of was that we were reading Hosea. I wasn’t sure what was in chapter 2 but I certainly didn’t think it could possibly be anything about me. After seeing what must have been a look of horror on my face, he realized what had happened. He said, “Honey, we are starting out with Proverbs 31.”
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