I can’t live, it seems, without Google Maps! Sacramento is a very large area compared to Cheyenne, Wyoming and I’m constantly losing direction with so many streets and highways to choose from. Because I don’t have a navigation system in my car, my phone lives in the center console constantly giving me directions to my final destination. If I didn’t listen carefully, I’d find myself easily lost in this big city.
My journey with God reminds me of this very system. Many times, I my heavenly Father tell me it’s time to do something…something I see a finish to, and I’m all in! I go for the gold, sprinting to the finish line at 100 mph to make it happen. However, more often than not, He was only giving me the next step, not the entire route.
In order to trust Jesus with our walk, we need to follow the navigation one direction at a time. If we skip to the fourth turn 26 miles up the road, we miss the blessing at the first left. We bypass the trial that leads to God’s victory at mile marker 12. And we lose sight of the missed opportunity three houses from our destination.
When we get ahead of what God has planned for us we can just as easily get lost, taking us off the path and leaving us to try and navigate a new route or attempt to reroute us to the original direction. While we can grow in Him from those mistakes, imagine how much sweeter the journey when we follow the beautiful trip He laid out for us in the beginning.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not into thine own understanding. In all thy ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.