When my son was a young boy he belonged to the DeQueen Pioneers Pathfinder Club, and I was a Pathfinder leader. One weekend I took the Pathfinders on a backpacking trip. We left in the evening and headed to Alexandria, Louisiana. We made it to Alexandria at about midnight. There I took the eastbound exit off of the interstate instead of the westbound exit. I wandered around Alexandria for an hour trying to find the right road. By the time we found the campground it was 1:30 and we still had to pitch our tents.
This satellite navigation system was intended for military use and therefore the signals were scrambled, limiting accuracy for civilian use. On May 1, 2000, President Clinton announced that this scrambling would be turned off. Civilians were then able to use the GPS signals. Soon there were accurate automotive navigation systems available. Now smart phones come with GPS capability.
I like using my GPS; we have named her Tink. She tells me when to turn. She tells me what lane to be in. On our last trip to Houston to see our son she took us a new way and saved us half an hour.
So now that I have Tink to guide me, I never get lost. I always know where to go. Except---
When we first got Tink we were going to Shady Lake. Now I have been to Shady Lake a number of times, and I know how to get there. When Tink wanted me to turn off of my normal route I decided to see where she would take us. She took us on an adventure. She guided us to Shady Lake over forest service roads that hadn't been traveled on in a long time. There was grass growing in the road. We arrived safely at Shady Lake about an hour later than if we had traveled our normal route.
Sometimes exploring a new road can be quite an adventure. When you are traveling a rural Arkansas road you just don’t know where you will end up. Sometimes even a GPS doesn't help.
Have you taken any wrong turns in your life? Have you been on any wrong roads? How do you know which road to take?
That sounds like a GPS doesn't it. God will point out the right road for us to follow. You can trust him. You might not always be able to trust your GPS, but you can always trust God. No matter how knowledgeable you are, you aren't the best choice as navigator. Proverbs 14:12 tells us that, "there is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death".
Solomon explained it very well in Proverbs 20:24 “how can we understand the road we travel? It is the LORD who directs our steps.
I hope that you and I will be able to say what David said in Psalms 73:23-26. “Yet I still belong to you; you are holding my right hand. You will keep on guiding me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. I have no one in heaven but you; I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever”.