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Our Spiritual GPS

by Joanna Pierce on September 28, 2016

Traveling today is an entirely different experience than it used to be. When I was younger, my parents would get out a map and chart our course of travel—outlining every road, interchange, toll gate, etc. This was a highly-strenuous, convoluted process.

To my young mind, peaking at the colorful maps sparked essentially no interest because I didn’t understand roads. I figured there was 1 road to get you to 1 place, so why anyone would need to figure out which road to take? Why was there more than 1?

Fast track to today, we have a lovely invention of technology—GPS. We can literally plug in our destination, select our travel options (fastest route, no tolls, etc.) and head out on our journey.

Even with this wonder of technology, I’m still a little hesitant to trust my GPS is taking me in the right direction. When I haven’t heard any new directions given from the little box on my windshield, or Siri on my phone, I start suspecting that I’m lost. When I do a navigational spot check, I realize I just need to continue down the road I’m on until I’m given the next direction. I can trust it—the GPS will get me to my destination.

Our spiritual journey is much like following a GPS. We’re all at different starting points, but we have one destination—heaven! We all aren’t going to get there via the same route, but there is One who is mapping out our very journey.

Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way? (Proverbs 20:24, KJV).

God directs each of us where to go and what to do every day we live for Him. It’s important to get these “directions” during our daily time of prayer, so we can ensure we’re headed in the right direction.

Even after we’ve received a firm direction, and we start on our given route, over time we start to think we’re going the wrong way, or feel a desire to change paths. We’ll continue to seek God for a change in direction—a new mapped route—but the instructions remain unchanged.

It’s common to feel a little spiritual uneasiness when we’ve traveled on a single road for a long time. But, it’s important to not let our jitters get the best of us. When God gives us a direction, we should keep going—stay the course—until those directions (or if those directions) change.

We might feel lost, like God has abandoned us, tired, or an entire gambit of emotions. But, it’s important to trust God and to allow Him to order our steps (Psalms 37:23). If we follow His directions, and stay His course, He will get us to our destination.