I was going through some old notes in my phone today and found this gem. Many of you might not know this about me, but I love to write. I am constantly making notes in my phone of quotes, thoughts, or stories that pop into my mind. Even as a child I would write elaborate stories, poems, and letters. (I even had a poem published once.)
I had almost forgotten all about this, until I saw the title scroll down the screen. Let me just say, I needed this today. Something you may know by now if you follow along with me is that I like to control things and sometimes that puts me into the trap of not fully trusting God. Isn’t it like God to remind is ever so gently of who is in control? He reminded me on the day that I wrote this and then gave me a sweet reminder today. I hope that it too can give you peace and clarity in your life, just like it did for me.
(Remember this was writing back in September/October when I had just started my new job.) I started a new job about 3 weeks ago and it requires me to commute into a town that I am unfamiliar with. The first day of work came and of course I turned on my GPS to help get me there. (I am what you would call directionally challenged.) That afternoon as I went home I turned it on before I even left the parking lot. The second day of work came and since I was still learning I turned the GPS on just to make sure I had my directions down. Eventually, it became a habit to rely on my phone to quietly give me directions as I made my way to and from work each day. It was my safety net. Now it has been 3 weeks and I am still turning that dang GPS on. I know my directions. I know my turns. I know what lane to get into to best take my exit, yet there is Siri in the background telling me to turn left or right. This morning I went through the motions of getting into my car and as I was about to pull out of my neighborhood I realized my maps wouldn’t work. I panicked. I logged out and got back on. Nothing. I restarted my phone. Nothing. My heart began to race, but I knew I had to leave or I would be late. I pulled onto the highway with my mind racing. What if I forgot my way? What if I miss my exit? What if I am late? You see, that GPS has become my safety net over these last few weeks. I had allowed it to quietly sit in the background telling me the directions to take, but the second it wasn’t there I was lost.
That morning as I was getting ready I was quietly praying to God to show me the things in my life that I needed to work on. The things that held me back from following His plan and achieving an ultimate closeness with Him. What could I change to be a better version of myself so I could pour into others?
As I drove down the interstate I was nearly in tears because all I could think about was the “what if’s”. What if I get lost? What if I take the wrong turn? What if I get there late because I don’t know where the traffic jams are? (I know this is silly…but it’s the truth.)
That’s when it hit me like a ton of bricks. God was answering that prayer that I had prayed just minutes before I left my house. He was showing me that I was putting my faith and security in other things instead of leaning in close to Him. I was relying on the world to give me direction, when all I really need is Him.
Isn’t it like God to show up in the most mundane moments of our day with one of the most glorious and life changing lessons?
We don’t need self help books or podcasts to tell us how to change our lives. Yes, these things are huge helps and great resources, but our ultimate resource to finding our way is through a closeness and relationship with our Heavenly Father.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7
Where is your trust and security at right now?
I am being honest when I say I am guilty of relying on other things to be my security rather than putting my life completely at the hands of God. The problem with that is, they don’t always show up or work. The GPS stops working. You loose your job and your finances crumble. The person you were relying on doesn’t show up. The list can go on. The only one that will NEVER leave you feeling insecure is our Lord. He is constant. Never changing and always faithful.
The rest of the drive to work I praised God in that moment for answering my prayer from that morning. He had shown me exactly what I needed to change. Oh and guess what? I made it to work without any wrong turns and even had a few minutes to spare.
Thank you God for answered prayers and a broken GPS.