Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6
One of my biggest thrills these days is when I can defy my car’s GPS system voice (aka “the lady in the box”) and still get to my desired location. There is just something exhilarating about hearing the voice confidently proclaim “In 500 feet, turn left, then right” and then replying out loud with a smirk to the voice which cannot hear, “I don’t think so.” I like being right and I love watching the GPS recalculate the route to comply with my commands. It provides me great joy to see that the new calculated route displays a quicker arrival time too. I smile with a sense of pride when I find that I can direct my own path and still hear those wonderful words “You have arrived”. What a feeling!
Unfortunately, sometimes I think we treat God’s direction for our lives like we treat the “lady in the box”. We listen to what He says but when it comes time to implement His plan, His way, we replace His map with our own because after all, we know a better way. The truth is, however, that while we can sometimes outsmart a satellite navigational system, we can’t outsmart God. His maps do not get outdated and His traffic information is always perfect. Even though we don’t always understand His ways, we can trust that He knows best for our lives.
Learning to trust God completely and surrendering our desire to control our own destiny takes a conscience effort, but it can be done. Every time we see God “calculate” a new route in the display of our lives, we can trust that He has good reason for it. God is not just a”lady” in the box, He is Lord over all the earth. He deserves our attention. How will you give it to Him today?
For further thought…
- What area of my life needs to be completely surrendered to God?
- How am I directing my steps versus allowing God to guide me?
- What can I give up so that God can give me more?
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