In order to effectively give directions, a GPS must first be able to pick up signals sent out by the satellite and then be able to interpret it. The better the receptions, the more precise the directions. Keep in mind the only information the GPS needs from the user is their destination. So could we say, just tell me where you want to go and leave the rest to me. The system already knows every establishments, streets, turns etc,. It only needs the destination and it will do the rest. The system does everything from the quickest routes to alternate routes but all to get the user to their destination. The system can even pick up on incidents to warn the user and advise them take an alternate routes. Futhermore, it factors what the user does not ask. For instance it offers points of interest ie., atms, gas, eateries to pharmacies. Let us just say the GPS is concern about the things that concerns its users.
On the journey the user is warned prior to each turn. A thought: you ever wonder why the system never factors in necessary stops? You know, sometimes we have to stop for restroom breaks but the system is not wired for that because it keeps idle as to say, come on what are you waiting for. It never gives up regardless of how long it takes us to move on. You ever notice if there a wrong turn, the system immediately reroutes to get the user back on course and it does not stop until the user is back on track. Regardless of how far out one travels, the system continuously rearranges and make changes, all to get them back on course. The system is wired to perform this way regardless of the users intent. It is intentional to perform for its users. One could say the GPS is wired as to say, “let me do it or find your own way.” In that case I am left pondering, “would that a bad thing to allow users to find their own way when they are determined to make their own decisions?” You know, allow wrong turns, lost, breakdowns, out of fuel, no money and even ending up in unknown places, would that be so bad? What if it allows for a new outlook.What if it allows for acknowledgment of ignorance.What if that is what is needed to get them back on course.Would it be a bad thing?
I am realizing more and more that we are not called to be a GPSes. I’m not wired for it. Like a GPS because of who we are connected to we can give directions and warnings but we have to first wait for the signals and interpretations; we are then able to see what the users cannot see. Additionally, because of where they are and where they are headed, we can sometime tell them what they can expect; Most assuredly it is because we have traveled those same roads before. Allow me to also add that sometimes because of our connection we foolishly believe we have been wired like GPSes to constantly try to redirect.
A recent turn of event has sparked this and it brought to mind this familiar scripture we all have quoted and know quite well, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path, Proverbs 3:5-6. Often times people will ask for directions, with the route they intend to take already in mind. When this happens, what do you do? Do you offer directions and allow them to pursue? Do you continuously rearrange and recalculate the trip to allow them time? How far do you travel with them trying to get them back on course? Do we do as the GPS and travel out as far as they do while constantly searching for ways to get them back on course?
If we do the latter, I have to ask have we ourselves acknowledged God? GPSes allows for u-turns as well as God but unlike GPSes, He remains steadfast in position. We too have to be careful of whose leading the way. Often times our friends and love ones set out on paths that we know where it will end but because we can see what lies ahead, we allow ourselves to be moved. We become like the GPSes. We are constantly warning. We are constantly making changes and altering our course in hopes of getting them back on course.
Just recently, I had to ask myself a question. Who is directing you, Lennie? Who is leading you? How did you get to this place? Did you acknowledged God?
Anything that causes us to alter the course that God has set for us is not a part of His directions. Many may disagree but much of what we do, we are led by our hearts. Our hearts leads us to do things sometimes that are totally out of the will of God, so heart things are not always God things. Not convinced? Let us use Abraham and Isaac when God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son. I am sure had Abraham followed his heart, he would not have attempted to take Isaac life. Still not convinced? The word warns if we spare the rod we spoil the child. As a parent we often say our children are our hearts. A good bit of what I have done raising my children was done according to my heart. Most of the time I knew I should have applied the rod . Most of the time I did not do things according to the Word because I could not bear to look in their eyes and say no. I have come to know these two passages quite well. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4;23. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9.
Think on this; believe in God with all your heart and do not believe in your heart. I have come to realize that we have to align our hearts with God and we do that by the word according to Mathew 11;29, Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. We have to train our hearts. Our heart has to be subjected to His word. Our heart must give way to His authority. Let Him lead and we won’t ever be led astray.