I love my GPS, Not talking about the Global Positioning System device, but my Godly Promise for Salvation. Now, the GPS in my car is a valuable tool too. But, due to errors in data from the satellites, incorrect information on roads, input of wrong address, failure to listen and watch for the right turns, or choosing an alternative route instead of what the GPS shows as fastest many people have gotten into problems with these things.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments. Psalms 119:17
I was in Northern California around Yreka a few years ago. Using my GPS to help me find my way to a particular place in the national forest. The GPS showed me going 20 miles away, then coming back on another road, but when I looked at the icon it showed the location to be probably 4 or 5 miles as the crow flies. SO, I looked for an alternative. The alternate route was, maybe 8 or 9 miles total. COOL! Way shorter than the 20 miles away then 20 miles back, this has to be better….WRONG! I would have driven all but 1/2 mile on paved roads but I took the short cut. That was NOT GOOD! Started out as a decent road, then went from pavement to gravel. Oh, that’s still fine, I am a country boy, so gravel roads are a normal thing. Except, the gravel turned to dirt. Then, deeper into the forest I go, mountainous area, too and the road narrowed, spring time, but deeper into the mountains there was still snow in places. I find myself in a position where I can’t back up and the road ahead gets more and more treacherous. I have to go on. I proceed, concern about getting stuck, no cell service, no way to call any help if I do. NOT GOOD AT ALL. I finally start to go back down the other side of the mountain, road is still narrow, but snow is gone, the incline on the side is not quite as steep, not as far to fall if I slip off the road. Eventually, I find the spot. Now, at first I thought, well, that was rough, but it is so nice hear, it was worth the 3-4 hour drive to get here. All the while, dreading trying to navigate that trail again. SO, when done there I put the destination into the GPS and it shows a different route out. Basically, the revers of the route it recommended. Well, I think seeing as an alternate was not so great before, maybe I will see where this takes me. I go, about 1/2 mile, and then….A highway, it was a 2 lane country highway but a highway. I take it. Less than one hour later, easy drive, smooth road without obstacles or risk of falling into a ravine, I find myself where I had started the journey earlier that day. HMMM, maybe, just maybe, I should have listened.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
Thinking about that I thought about how that sadly relates to many of my experiences. Instead of following the GPS (Godly Promise for Salvation) I find myself facing hardships, taking a difficult, dangerous journey, either physically or spiritually dangerous. I can be so stubborn and foolish! Yes, I need to trust the GPS and follow the directions. No doubt about it.
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10
Lord, Thank you for your mercy and kindness. Thank you for looking for this lost sheep. Thank you for your plan in my life. I pray you continue to help me seek you and that I continue with my quest to serve you better. Give me the wisdom to listen to your guidance and I not foolishly try to take shortcuts. I pray you work in the hearts and minds of loved ones that they too be receptive to you and your guidance. Draw them closer to you, speak to them so they know your heart and your plan and path for them in this world. I praise your Holy name dear Jesus.
Thank you for listening as I try to understand in my simple human mind things God has been trying to teach me that took me far too long to understand. Please share as you feel He leads you on that.