It started happening with our Garmin a couple of trips ago. After we had entered our destination and “Miss Garmin” had navigated us to within a few miles of it, she got creative. She would direct us to go right (when our inclination was to go left) and then she would navigate us through a neighborhood, making turns here and there, until we winded up where we had been just a few minutes before. It was after we had completed this diversion that she directed us to our desired destination. It happened again yesterday. She sent us out of our way, through a rural area of houses and land, before taking us to the address we desired.
So, today we should have been ready for her “creative” navigation. We weren’t really in a rush. (That was a good thing because by the time we got to the place we had selected to go for breakfast, they were serving lunch.) And, she did her thing, sending us into areas that are truly “off the beaten path.” But, it didn’t bother us. My favorite line of the morning was when John looked at me and said, “I don’t know where we are going, but we are making good time.” We both laughed.
And, maybe having our navigation system direct us down a new path was exactly what we needed to do. I am reminded of our friends who are missionaries in a rural part of the world. One of them shared with me that when they board a truck or bus to go to a new destination, they don’t bother asking how long it will take them to get “there” or what route they are taking. They simply relax and enjoy the ride.
I can make myself crazy by trying to find the quickest way to do or to get something when often I am not sure where I am going or what I am seeking.
On this Friday, admit with me that we are blind to what God has ahead of us. And, rest easy that the one who made us knows the path ahead. No need to rush. His ways are best. He will not forsake us!
(God promises) “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:16)
After working with some blind students at my job, I can tell you that one of the reasons they allow me to guide them is because they trust me to lead them where they need to go. I offer my arm, they take it, and we walk together, side by side. If an obstacle presents itself up ahead, I warn them ahead of time, and go with them around it. I should allow God to lead me with the same kind of trust. Thanks for reminding me!
Kathy, What a wonderful illustration of God’s leading and His call on us to trust Him. Keep walking, Sister, He has prepared an amazing path for you.