This weekend, me and mine took a little road trip West to Thomasville, NC to visit some friends at their new church building. Over the last 3 years I’ve had the privilege of watching (from a distance) how God has moved, grown and fulfilled His promises in their lives. So I was excited to see them (and the new building) in the flesh.
And then Betty got in the way.
Betty is the christened name of our PT Cruiser and GPS. She can be downright bossy. And I don’t do bossy well.
Now, I know how to get to Thomasville: 540 to 40 to 85, and 2 hours later, bam! you’re in T-ville. But I entered in the church address because it was the last end part of the trip (you know, the exact location) I was unsure about.
Betty, however decides to take me to Thomasville via the crazy train of 540 to 70 to TW Alexander to 147…
What the hell, Betty?
Finally, I said, “Betty, I don’t know where you think you’re going but we are taking a detour.”
“You keep ‘recalculating’, Betty, because we’re heading to 40 my way.”
After 5 Recalculatings, Betty got on the Stephanie train and we had no further issues and found the church easily. It’s on the left, past the Big Chair. You can’t miss it.
And it was good to see God’s promises fulfilled in that place.
Later that evening I was reviewing the day with Jesus (you know because that’s how I roll) and He showed me that I often have difficulty trusting a way I am unfamiliar with. I wish He wanted to talk about the Big Chair, but apparently not.
I’m sure Betty’s way would have gotten me there—but I like comfortable, familiar things. I want to go my way (insert whine here).
My spiritual life is like this, too. While I aim to be like Him, to err on the side of Love always, to be a living sacrifice for Him, to be known as His, I know all too well that I often choose the “old ways” to get where I want to be.
I don’t trust my spiritual GPS. I have often said, “I don’t know where You think You’re going but we are taking a detour.” And He is so faithful to gently say, Recalculating and get me back on track when I need Him.
Today, I am asking Him to do some recalculating in my life and to give me the courage to trust His direction instead of my own. What about you? Do you trust His guidance?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3: 5-6