Lesson from a GPS

A few years ago when we lived in northwest Louisiana, my husband and I were driving back from a trip to Galveston, Texas.  It was a dark, rainy night. We were more than halfway home on the five hour trip when we found ourselves on a two lane country road and seemed to be going in the opposite direction of home.  We were following our GPS, so we were puzzled why we were not headed north or east.  Maybe there was a problem with the satellite connection?  We were in the piney woods of northeast Texas, afterall.  We retraced the last few miles and pressed “End Route” on the GPS, pressed start and off we went.  We followed the directions precisely only to end up in the very same place.  We turned around and drove around in circles for a bit.  We turned off the GPS and backtracked until we found highway signs which eventually led us to I-20, which got us home!  The next day, I checked the device, which we had borrowed from my Mom. I wanted to figure out what had gone wrong before returning it to her.  Then, I saw it.  The mystery was solved.  In the navigation settings, my mom had programmed the GPS to AVOID HIGHWAYS.  We hadn’t used it on the way down to Houston, but on the way back, when it was dark, rainy and we were tired, we were going in circles and traveling with limited navigation settings.

I wonder….. in my journey with God, what kind of limits have I selected on my navigation settings?  Have I selected:  AVOID being uncomfortable? or AVOID being inconvenienced? or AVOID loving those He wants me to love the way He wants me to love?

Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.”

With my own limits and boundaries set in my mind and heart, what great things am I missing out on? Am I going in circles at times instead of fulfilling what God created me to do?

Can you relate?  Have you said, “God, I want you to use me, but ___________” ?

Will you join me in hitting the RESET button on our navigation settings in our walk with God?

Let’s pray:  Lord, as a follower of Jesus, your divine power has given to me everything needed for life and godliness (from 2 Peter 1:3).  You equip your people with everything we need to do what you have called us to do and I can trust you to supply and prepare me for each step.  When I am afraid, I will trust in you. (from Psalm 56:3)  Create in me a clean heart and renew a right and steadfast spirit within me. (from Psalm 51:10)  Lord, clear any limitations I have put in place and have your way in my life. May you, the God of peace, equip me with everything good, that I may do your will and may you work in me that which is pleasing in Your sight for your glory. (from Hebrews 13:20-21)

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2 thoughts on “Lesson from a GPS”

  1. Patricia Sing Han

    Thanks for sharing this! It reminds me that sometimes we “put God in a box” re. our expectations of how He will work in us…

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