As I said in my last post, I recently got a smart phone. Most days, I really love it. Take, for example, the fact that it has a GPS on it. So, when I forget to google directions (which I prefer to do….it’s a control thing…), I can simply type the address into my phone and Gertrude or Bertha or Florence (we haven’t named the voice yet….) tells me where I should go, turn by turn. Sometimes, though, despite the fact that Eleanor is directing me in her nasally tone, I still take a wrong turn. When I was driving last night, I had NO clue where I was going and was having to rely heavily on Minerva. Problem is….I don’t always see very well at night and although I thought I was turning when she told me to, I actually took a wrong turn….because I couldn’t actually read the street sign. But….because I couldn’t read the street sign, I didn’t know I had taken a wrong turn….yet.
I was patiently following Bessie’s directions, but started getting very concerned when it was obvious that she was winding me through a neighborhood. A very dark, curvy neighborhood. After a few more turns, she had me back where I started. I was calling her names WAY worse than the ones I’ve used in the blog thus far when I realized that she had rescued me. Instead of going “you took a wrong turn, figure it out,” Stella patiently guided me back to where I needed to be so I could take the correct turn. I felt a little….okay, a lot!….stupid, but got where I was going….on time! (which is a miracle, in and of itself!). I found myself very thankful for Hilda…and a bit sheepish for calling her names.
Kinda like God, isn’t it? Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we take a wrong turn. Maybe we are so excited to be doing His work, we turn a little too quickly (which is what I did last night). How thankful I am that my God loves me enough to take my wrong turns and make them a part of the trip! My journey last night took me through a lovely neighborhood, past some huge houses and gorgeous yards. God is gracious – He does the same thing for us. Sometimes, the road is winding and you’re unsure, but the scenery…and the lessons learned….are priceless!
Are you feeling a little lost right now? That’s okay….if you belong to God and you’re seeking Him, you’re probably just on a little side trip. Hang on, enjoy the scenery, learn the lessons and listen carefully – He’ll lead you to the exact destination that He has in mind!
Be blessed and tell someone you love them!
PS….I’ve really got to come up with a name for that GPS….Heloise…Maysie…Marabelle…?