I was headed home after a night with friends, and out of habit turned on my GPS. I knew the way home. I’ve traveled between the East Bay and the Peninsula many times, but there was a certain comfort that came with turning it on. Just in case.
I traveled down 880 as expected when the GPS led me to an exit I normally wouldn’t have taken. Maybe they made some changes since I last drove here?
Turns out, it was leading me to the Dumbarton Bridge instead of the San Mateo Bridge, down a less familiar route. And it meant I had to rely on my GPS more than I originally planned to.
There’s something about the unknown that makes us feel vulnerable. Whether it’s a new place, a new job, new faces, new feelings, new headlines. It causes a certain discomfort when we’re not familiar with the current, future, or potential environment.
Do we turn on our GPS for these events? Just in case?
When we’re nervous, anxious, and apprehensive, what’s our first action? Our first thought? Who or what do we look to for support? For safety?
I’ve looked to other people to support or validate my feelings. Some turn to substances or material things. Others turn to information overload. Truth is, there’s no shortage of substitutes for God.
Yet when we choose Him, He never shortchanges us.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26
You are, Beloved!
In the same way we put trust in a satellite to lead us to our destination, the Lord invites us to trust Him.
In the same way we turn the system on out of habit, the Lord invites us to trust Him out of habit.
In the same way we follow wherever the GPS leads us, the Lord invites us to follow Him wherever He leads us.
You can make a few wrong turns and know the GPS will reroute you. The Lord’s grace will course-correct you…and lead you HOME.
We’ve experienced many things I don’t think any of us ever expected to face in our lifetime. It’s uncomfortable, and I know it feels discouraging to feel like we’re still in “it.”
Friends, turn on your God Positioning System. Let the knowledge of knowing the Lord is in control, on the throne, and still King be the comfort our troubled hearts need.