“You would follow Garmin right off a cliff if it took you there,” chuckled my friend to his son who held complete faith in his trusty GPS. It’s important to note that, at this time, personal GPS devices were a pretty new phenomenon and the technology was definitely not perfected. Certainly nowhere near as reliable as today’s impressively accurate phone apps.
I too trusted Garmin way more than I trusted myself! While in the wilds of Tuscany we were completely dependent on this device. We faithfully trusted our “guidance assistant” to take us where we wanted to go. Even when directed down dirt roads with cows and chickens crossing in front of us. (Normal for the area it turns out.) We were in the hands of technology with no reference point for our senses. “Time to trust.” I thought to myself, “and if we get lost, at least it was in a beautiful countryside and not in a creepy city alleyway.”
Fast forward a few years and I am on a different sort of domestic road trip. Taking my daughter back for her senior year of college. This is the first year that she has her own car and her first apartment. One concern though… she has very little experience with highway driving. (Huge fear of mine! Sorry honey.) The good news is that we had to take two cars in order to accommodate apartment nesting needs (Her car is MINI…literally) and she could follow me.
Usually, on road trips, I go on auto-pilot. Set my “Waze” app, put on my favorite music or talk radio (Need Sirius radio!) and make sure to have coffee or water within easy reach. My favorite travel “game” is to challenge myself to get to my destination sooner than the predicted time. Not this time. Every time I made a lane change, I had to make sure there was more than enough room for the two of us.
Other than a couple of overly fast lane changes she was doing absolutely beautifully. I could relax a bit. Or could I? All of a sudden, a car hubcap shot out of nowhere, barreling directly at my car. If I swerved, it would hit her car. There was no time to think, but I would do anything to keep that rolling weapon away from my daughter. I ran over the hubcap at 65 miles an hour and somehow it missed the MINI and, miraculously, my car took the beating without a flat tire or other crippling damage.
While many would say, “lucky break”, I know… angels were watching over us. Nothing less. My daughter continued following me with trust that her Mom, who loves her, would not lead her astray or into danger.
Like a loving Father, God does this for us daily. He wants to be our navigator and knows when we should stay in a lane or change direction. Often times we change lanes that put us in danger zones. Our free will can, and will, lead us into places where God can only watch as we choose to ignore his many signs to us along the way. (*See “Bruce Almighty”video below) Then…when we proceed to ignore, we can’t be surprised when we end up lost and the consequences that await. That doesn’t mean God doesn’t love us. It’s the opposite. A loving parent will not abandon or lead their children astray, but will teach their children to discern and make their own decisions.
Are we following God whole heartedly or are we only following Him when it is convenient? Life is an interstate most of the time. When we trust our God, our “lead driver” wholeheartedly, we will find ourselves in a place of peace. Let’s focus on Christ and following where He is leading us.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12.
“And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34
“Jesus Christ died to save us from our sins; we tend to concentrate on that merciful fact. But isn’t it also true He lived to show us a lifestyle free from sin? So, wouldn’t following in his footsteps be something like preventative medicine?” Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts & a Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year.
Monday Must see video: (Carol King, I’m going to take the liberty of playing your song and I like to substitute the idea of God Our Father as the ONE here. JP.S…You are the best!)
Second Monday Must see Bruce Almighty Video snippet. “Give me a sign God!”