For my birthday this past week, I received a GPS Navigation device for my car. It’s a truly great gift and I’m really excited about it, which is only fitting since it is exactly what I asked for. The only downside is that it’s 23 years late in coming. I needed this wonderment when I first got my Driver’s License. I have always been seriously directionally challenged. Being a voracious reader as a youngster had many benefits, but if I could do it over perhaps I would put the book down while in the car and I wouldn’t have had to spend many of my 20’s and early 30’s wondering where in the heck I was and how to get where I needed to be.
At the risk of sounding like an old Virginia Slims ad, “I’ve come a long way baby” since those days of wandering in the wilderness – or actually the highways and byways. I can now read maps (a little) and decipher the Interstate system. That said, my little GPS is still going to be a nice addition for road trips. One thing I really like is how it quickly reevaluates and redraws the route if you stray from the pre-planned directions, whether it be due to a roadblock, traffic, or a willful decision to just do it your own way. A voice announces “Recalculating” and tells you what changes need to be made to reach the original destination.
This technology has been around a good while now, but the principle has been around for ages. God possessed the ability to know the exact location of His children eons before the first man-made satellites were deployed into space. And as far as He is concerned, there is really only one destination – and that is closer and closer to Him. Likewise, He lays out the route turn by turn on how to get there. Inevitably, though, we stray from the pre-planned route, be it a stumbling block or our own pride that causes us to think we know a better way. Either way, the good news is that God still knows the Way to the planned endpoint. And if you will heed the words found in the Psalms that urges us to “Be still and know that I am God” you may even hear a small still voice whispering “Recalculating,” signalling that God is ready to reveal the changes you need to make if you are ready to heed them.