God’s will. Jesus is not my GPS.
Things have been hard for me lately. There are challenges that I have been facing that I’ve been praying about for a while and not receiving an answer. I believe in God’s perfect timing so I haven’t felt frustrated. However, these are big things (career, relationships, parenting) and I have felt sad, anxious, and a bit lost about not knowing God’s will about the way ahead.
I started listening to the audio book Experiencing God on YouTube. Someone, I know was reading the book and I decided to look up the audio version. On my 2nd day of listening something resonated with me.
The topic being covered was following God’s will. A driving analogy was used. First the author talked about receiving complicated directions to find a farm in a rural area. Drive 3 miles, make a right at the barn, go another half a mile, and make a left at the big Oak tree, etc.… He then compared this to following the step by step directions given when the farmer was in his car with him. He explained that while we may want to have a detailed map of where God wants us to go. What God wants is for us to invite him into our car (i.e. our lives) and let him direct us every step of the way.
The author went on to explain that if we have a written map we will pay too much attention to the roadmap of our lives and not enough attention to Jesus who is riding with us. This was an epiphany for me. Not only do I want God to give me a roadmap I want him in the car too. I want a spiritual GPS. I want to see 3 and 4 steps ahead. I want God alerting me so that I don’t mis my turn and warning me of slowdowns and traps. Then I want Him to reroute me when I misunderstand or allow distractions to take me off course.
Jesus is a lot of things
And many more..
But…. Jesus is not my GPS!
I’ve been on a spiritual journey and I am reaching the level where my understanding of what it is to be in a relationship with Christ is expanding. Now, I am about to learn what it means to stop looking for a road map, and take directions from God in real time.
Have you ever wanted God to be your GPS?