I started having problems with the GPS on my phone a couple weeks ago. In the technology age we live in I feel completely dependent on my “maps” app every time I’m trying to get to a new place, you can probably relate. My biggest problem was even though my phone could find my ultimate destination; it couldn’t keep up with my location to give me the step-by-step directions I needed. As a result, whenever I started a new trip I would miss a few turns then find myself hopelessly lost, overwhelmed by the helpless feeling of trying to find my own way back to the route.
When I took my phone to the Apple store they told me my GPS calibration was slightly off. This meant that even though my phone knew where I was, and where I wanted to go, when I started moving, it lost my location and could no longer give me the directions I helplessly needed, and would otherwise get if I had perfect calibration.
I think God works the same way. I believe each of us as a plan and purpose already set for our lives, and I’m sure there is a direct and perfect route to get to that destination. Some of us already know what that destination is, the problem is the wrong turns we take when we’re trying to find our own way through the route.
Like my phone, our step-by-step instructions can only come when we are perfectly calibrated to Him. The same way I was hopelessly lost without the guidance of my GPS is the same way I’ve been helplessly lost trying to find my own way in the direction of my life. But each time I’m reminded that the long way doesn’t mean the wrong way, because unlike my phone we always have the opportunity to get back to perfect calibration with God. And in reality the long way was already part of His plan…
Maybe you’ve already had this revelation. I encourage you to share your voice in this world that could use more light. But maybe you’re not there yet, and you’re still lost trying to find your own way back to the route. Wherever you are, it is my hope and prayer that you join me as we find His way, and awaken our soul vision…
When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”
Exodus 13:17 (NLT)