Avoiding Life's Detours
One of the more annoying things that happens when traveling on the road is having to take a detour. Especially when you’re in a hurry and become locked into the flow of traffic with no other way to go but with the herd ahead.
Coming home from our Thanksgiving travels, our Google GPS artificial intelligence terminator-to-be voice told us we should get off the highway before the traffic backed-up ahead due to an accident and take a countryside road to get around the mess. So, we did.
I’ll admit, it never seems to get easier trusting that Google navigator voice coming out of my phone (well, sometimes it seems like she’s yelling at me, but that’s probably just me), but once again, she was right. Looking back at the highway we avoided proved that those who didn’t get off at that exit, were left stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic moving at a crawl.
It would be nice to have that voice in our head when it comes to life so we could make that turn before everything becomes messed up, or our life takes an unforeseen detour wouldn't it? Inevitably, we all will run into those roadblocks, accidents, potholes, and, possibly, sinkholes that keep us from going the direction we were on.
I know, everything in life is a learning experience, and that’s true. Maybe we shouldn’t try to avoid those detours because we may come out better off on the other side. Possibly so, and those seemingly random challenges that come our way may have a purpose we don’t yet understand. Or, maybe we could avoid them if we have our heart GPS tuned in.
As much as I appreciate learning from life’s pot holes, I would rather avoid them if I can and I believe my faith can help with that. I guess my view of God is one of a loving Father who cares for us so much that He would rather us not have to suffer needlessly. He wants to help keep our life on track and to avoid those things which could deter, or hurt us.
Certainly, there are times when life appears to be getting off track when it is actually His loving hand helping us to go in the direction He intends. No doubt about that. Knowing the difference is the key.
How do we tune into that Godly GPS then? How do we know when it’s His providence and not just some bad driver ahead of us causing us to be deterred? The answer is something I’ve been contemplating most of my adult life and have missed the boat on more than once.
The easiest, and yet most difficult way, is to pray, listen, and trust. It will take practice to hear that still, small voice in our heart and even more faith to trust it. There’s no doubt He wants to lead us in our lives, but hearing and knowing without a doubt it’s Him, is another story. Sometimes, He speaks through others or even through our dreams. How He speaks to you may be different than how He speaks to me.
The key is to talk with Him and ask Him to show you what it is He’s trying to say, which way He’s wanting to lead, and to give you the ability hear it, and the faith to trust it. Over time, you’ll begin to hear, sense, and know when it is His voice saying to take a detour, take a safer route, warning you of possible danger, or just confirming you’re on the right track. The comfort of knowing we’re in His plan is irreplaceable; especially when His plan happens to be a difficult one.
So, tonight, here’s to tuning into that heavenly GPS and trusting the voice of our loving Father to guide us, direct us, and keep us from harm along life’s highway. Here’s to being in His perfect will, and knowing the difference when we’re not, because when we’re in that place, nothing in the world can knock us off the road...
Love always my friends,
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