I had no idea which way to go.
GPS, or Global Positioning System, is the mode of preference for finding directions. While on my job, I once found myself in a rural area of Virginia. Suddenly, I got a message on my phone that said I was no longer connected to the server for my GPS. I had lost the signal from the cell tower which connected my phone to the server. The GPS could no longer pick up the signal from the three satellites that pinpointed my location.
I had no idea how far to drive and when to turn left or right. Fortunately, I had a compass on the dashboard of my car. I had a vague idea of the direction of my next destination and tried to navigate accordingly. Eventually, my phone reestablished connection, and I arrived at my destination.
Similarities and differences appear in how a GPS and God give directions. They are both based on faith. Using the GPS for work, I don’t really know where I am going when I leave other than that I am going to an unfamiliar address. When I reach my objective, I don’t really know where I am. When I arrive home, I do not know where I have been. I do all this by trusting my GPS.
Things with God are similar. If we acknowledge Him by looking to and trusting him, He promises to guide our steps.
Yet the two are different. GPS gives us details of turns, distances, and times of our trip. God’s leading generally gives us an initial direction. The turns are not made known to us until we arrive at them. Due to things God is trying to do in our lives along the way, the time of arrival is often underestimated.
The last difference is the most significant. Unlike GPS, which is not perfect and sometimes gets confused, God never does. Although at times it does seem like we are disconnected, God is always there. He has His own ways to direct our steps, and, unlike GPS, His directions are always perfect.
Acknowledge God in all your ways, and then expect Him to guide your steps.
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