The Art of Life
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Monday, October 6, 2008

My GPS

~~This weekend the girls and I went to a birthday party. It was the 7th birthday of Sierra's very best friend. They've known each other since they were 2 1/2 and the whole family is dear to us. A couple of years ago they moved about 2 hours away; not so far that we can't visit but still too far for our liking. Dustin's cough hadn't gone away on Saturday so we decided that it would be best if he didn't expose everyone. But it also made him nervous. You see, I have the world's worst sense of direction. You can try to argue with me on this but I have people to back me up. It's not that I don't try. I do. But my internal compass is a little mixed up.
Strike that.
I'm not sure if I even have an internal compass.
~~Anyways, my poor Hubby was quite a bit nervous about sending his two off-spring and his directionally-challenged wife on a two hour trip to a place we hadn't been before. He had visions of me ending up in Missouri somewhere. So he asked to borrow his brother's Garmin gps.
~~Now, I'd heard of these little gadgets. I knew they were a good idea. But until Saturday I didn't know how much I need one! I felt like I had a partner with me every step of the way. Not only that, but it would tell me in advance of upcoming turns and even showed my estimated arrival time. When I realized how easy this was going to be I relaxed and enjoyed the journey. The cool thing about the gps is that it's going to do everything it can to get you to your destination. If you happen to get off on the wrong path it will recalculate and give you a new route to get there. Awesome.
We arrived at the party early...
and unfrazzled.
~~As I was thinking about how neat the gps was I felt like God was whispering in my ear.
He can be my direction-giver, my companion on the journey, my gps for life. How often do I go about my day on my own strength? Oh, I look at my map (Bible) and I know the general direction that I need to be going. But then I just take off going full-speed through my day, hoping I'll end up in the right place.
~~I've looked at Mapquest before, Dustin shows me routes on Google Earth, but the problem with those things is that I can forget. The gps stayed with me the entire way.
~~I felt like God was reminding me that I need to take time to ask Him for help throughout the day. I need to remember to check in with my gps in the middle of the journey, not just by glancing at the map once or twice in the morning.
~~Now I do wish God's voice was as clear as the navigation system. Something like: "You will need to make a big decision in 4 days and you should fill in the blank." That would be great. But God doesn't really work that way. Instead, He wants us to keep our hearts in tune with His so that when the time comes we'll be able to know the best choice instinctively. And when we do make a wrong turn, He'll be there to recalculate our path and get us back in the right direction.
~~The encouraging thing is that no matter how busy the path, no matter how many twists and turns there might be, I don't have to face it alone. He's already there. It would've been incredibly dumb for me to simply ignore the gps on the way to the birthday party. I can guarantee you that I wouldn't have gotten there so easily (if at all!) In the same way I shouldn't ignore my Heavenly gps by trying to face the day on my own. I might end up somewhere crazy, like Missouri.
Just kidding. ;)
~~Hope everyone has a great start to the week!

6 comments:

misti said...

A year ago Chris asked for one and I was a bit leary about it because we already had a GPS, but not the one for the car. I ended up getting him one for our anniversary and it is fabulous! It is great for looking up random places to eat if we are out and about!

Jen at Visions and Verses said...

I'm a little jealous of our GPS. Now, understand that I have been chief navigator on all our trips for 20 years, and now this upstart thinks she can do my job...It does't help that my hubby set it to British accent so that the minivan sounds like James Bond's car. Still, if only I could hear God in the same way...I'm afraid the same pride that makes me hate the GPS often keeps me headed down a wrong path when I know I should turn back! ;0)

Kasie @ ~The Art of Life~ said...

Lol Jen! I love that, a British accent.
My Dad also recently got a gps and I think my Mom feels the same as you. She says the lady drives her crazy.
I just put the thing on mute.
I think we're all the same way. We think that we know the best way to go and we don't need help. I guess that's part of being human.

Misti,
Yes! You're catching on to my plans. :)
I really hope to be selling prints in the near future. There's just so much research though: trying to sort out the best printing options.
I'll let you know what I find out.

Angela said...

I love the post! What a great comparison! I do wish just a little bit you had gotten lost and ended up in Missouri...somewhere around Hurley would have been nice!! :-) We would have LOVED to see you all. LOL! Oh well...maybe some other time. Hope Dustin's feeling better.

Jo Castillo said...

This made me smile. Gene's brother that is 50+ used a GPS, for the first time ever, to get here today and was doubled over with the giggles when he got here. He knew the way, but loved listening to the gal. :)

Then we did iChat, video, with my daughter and he was intrigued to no end.

Your comparison was great. Glad to hear from you....

Kriscinda said...

lol, you sound just like me :)
I'm hopeless with directions.
love what you wrote!!!great comparison.