“Our emotions tell us what to value. They are like little GPS devices that tell us to go this way, not that way.” – Unknown
My family will confirm that I have a horrible sense of direction when driving at night, in high traffic areas and definitely in cities with fast-paced traffic. In some situations I was unable to make U-Turns until many miles ahead driving in the wrong direction.
My fear of night driving consumes my mind even last night following my husband home from the church building. Why? He showed me an alternate route with an added bonus of driving in less traffic. I feared losing him and expressed via cell phone not wanting cars to get between us. My mind is a raging storm when driving at night. His compassionate response was “If that happens, I will pull over and wait for you.”
Why is it difficult sometimes to wait for God’s compassionate responses in our fearful moments? Why is it easy to allow things and people to get between us and God? We are told in Isaiah 30:18 “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore He will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!” (Isaiah 30:18)
Are we as fearful of losing the salvation of our souls as I was with not wanting cars to separate me from my husband? If so, why do we welcome our jobs, our families, and other things to separate us from worshiping God in an authentic relationship?
I am my own advocate using a GPS due to my horrible sense of direction. Please allow me to share different experiences using Google Map and MapQuest starting with the worse, MapQuest, which led me down many long dark roads in Georgia when I took our daughter back to her assigned duty station, Fort Stewart. A three and a half drive took approximately seven hours and we arrived at 11:00 PM.
An example of not using a GPS was traveling from Florida to Montgomery, Alabama for the first time without my husband. The first thing he told our daughters was to stay awake and help me. What do you think happened fifteen minutes of leaving our house? They fell asleep and slept until I woke them up when I saw a sign welcoming us to Pensacola, Florida. I panicked, called my husband and he rerouted me back to the exit to Troy/Montgomery. A five-hour drive turned into ten and a half hours.
There are many more examples but I will share my most recent experience that happened on Sunday, October 24, 2021. I used my steering wheel cell phone option to call my Sister-in-Christ Patricia T., also a WordPress blogger. We did not talk at length after explaining how I get lost driving at night and needed to pay attention.
On last Sunday evening, I was tired and decided to wait until late evening to stop by the store and take our granddaughter home. Finally, I was heading home down Archer Road at night. Will I ever learn not to chance night driving? My first mistake was turning on Parker Road even though I am very familiar with so no worries–right?
Wrong? I ended up in an unfamiliar area. How? Instead of driving one mile straight ahead to the second four-way traffic signal, I turned left at the first four-way traffic signal. I panicked, drove through an unfamiliar neighborhood, pulled over and called my husband, shared my location with him and turned on Google Map. I was just a few minutes away from getting back on Parker Road. Are we this diligent in studying the word of God like the Bereans searched the scripture daily for truth?
The image below reads “You may need GPS, God’s Plan of Salvation.” No! If we are striving to make Heaven our eternal home we need God’s GPS.
We cannot have a horrible sense of direction regarding the salvation of our souls. The question is often asked is Jesus the only way to Heaven. Yes, according to Acts 4:12, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to mankind which we must be saved.”
There are no contradictions in the word of God. Yes, two roads are mentioned in Matthew 7:13-14 but they are leading to two different places. I missed the mark getting on the main road to our house by one mile. We cannot make this mistake in judgment if striving straight ahead to Heaven?
“Enter through the narrow gate. For WIDE is the gate and BROAD is the ROAD that leads to DESTRUCTION, and many enter through it. But SMALL is the gate and NARROW the ROAD that leads to LIFE, and only a FEW find it.
Please do not allow the world to take you down its long dark roads to destruction. If taking a sabbatical from God, I encourage you to get back on the narrow road and continue following God’s GPS towards Heaven’s door. If we live in disobedient to His GPS and die in an unrepentance state Heaven will not be our home.
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