Congratulations! You have officially arrived in 2019! The New Year always makes me reflect. No one had to do anything to arrive into the New Year it just came. No one had to work for it or even ask directions how to get there. We just woke up and it was here.
Getting directions in this day and age has come a long way. When I was a kid, there weren’t navigation systems in cars, GPS on phones or even SIRI to tell you how to get where you needed to go. There wasn’t even the internet to google directions. We had to rely on the verbal directions of the person giving them either from a friend or a gas station attendant. We had physical maps we looked at and mapped out our routes. We had to write directions down with a pen and paper and trust in our own navigation skills and that directions were correct.
Nowadays we don’t have to rely on such antiquated methods of obtaining directions. We have Google maps and SIRI to take us there. But sometimes Google maps and SIRI don’t always know exactly how to get where you need to go. When I type in the address for directions sure they can tell me the fastest route, if there is traffic and other routes to go to avoid it. If I miss a turn GPS can redirect my route. They can also tell me how much longer it will take to get there and when I arrive.
Have you ever plugged in the address of your desired location and GPS says you have arrived, yet you are still lost?
You don’t see the location. You can’t quite figure out where the entrance is. You’re yelling at your phone, I haven’t arrived! I’m still not here! Please get me there! Can anyone relate?
These scenarios make me realize I put way too much trust in my phone getting me to where I need to go without checking if the directions are correct myself. The other day my GPS took me to the right location, but guess what. There was no way to access into the entrance because I was behind the building with no way to get in.
These times show me when I place the trust in myself or technology that might not always be right, I will always be lost. I will always be seeking how to get in. I will always be turning around circling and searching.
This may sound cliché, but when we follow Jesus, He knows the way and will always get us to where we need to go.'Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.' John 14:6Click To Tweet
We can trust when we plug in the address to where we want to go, we can trust Jesus knows the directions of how to get there! He can tell us the best route, how long it will take us to get there and if there are any obstacles in the way. And He will most definitely tell us when we have arrived.
Sometimes the directions He gives might take us on detours, may be a little bumpy, but know He knows best to get us to where we need to go safely.
Another cliché Bible verse that shouldn’t be overlooked is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.”
Trusting in God by allowing Him to lead the way, submitting to the way He desires to take you, makes the road a little bit straighter and more direct. Sometimes we are the ones causing the obstacle and question God why am I not arriving to where I need to go? Then God gently redirects us around the obstacles before us, rerouting us down an even better road even in our stubbornness and disobedience.
God blesses the broken roads.Even when we mess up. God loves us, pursues us and gently redirects us and says, 'This way child. Follow Me, I know the Way.' Click To Tweet
We all have the same opportunity of starting over and being intentional in this new year.
I don’t know what your goals are this year, but a good goal to set is, follow God’s directions. Let Him be the Navigator. It’s not about our performance, how fast we get somewhere, it’s about our surrender. God doesn’t care how perfect we are He cares about the condition of our hearts.
Maybe you haven’t arrived to where you want to be in life. Or God hasn’t given you the directions yet. Maybe we’re not plugging in the right address. Maybe we are still trying to do it our own way. Are you tired of driving around in circles, feeling like you will never arrive? Maybe we should ask ourselves these hard questions and trust in the One who knows the way. I promise when we do we will arrive at the exact time God desires.
What address are you plugging in?
Will you allow God to lead you down the best road ever?
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