I live by my iPhone GPS. I use it all the time. Google Maps is right on my phone. How else would I get to an unfamiliar place? How else would I navigate my way through a city by foot or subway?
When stepping on to unfamiliar territory, we never know which way to go. Clueless and confused. Which WAY?
I stopped to think how relevant this is in my life too. And it's not just about physical locations like how to get to a new yoga studio, a doctor's appointment or catching the train. We often find ourselves asking God "which way should I go? Which direction is right?"
Should I apply for this job? Should I move to this city? Should I date this person? Should I make this choice?
I'm hearing that Carrie Underwood song in my head now. "Jesus, take the WHEEL!" I've asked God to steer me in the right direction before. But sometimes I hear nothing. I feel nothing.
In my experience, sometimes the walking directions on my iPhone don't work. We get flustered! Why isn't this working? It says I have to go the other way now? I'm L O S T.
If you're lost, well then you're in good company. So am I. But the good thing about being lost, is that you'll be FOUND.
We make it so complicated. We make our own road blocks and we set up construction cones and detours in our lives because we're confused, scared and uncertain.
But I usually trust the GPS, so why don't I trust Him too?
The Bible lays out countless ways for us to trust Jesus. He provides the way, the direction, the path.
Think of all these countless verses proving just that.
In Isaiah 43:18 He says, "I am making a WAY in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."
Psalm 143:8 says "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the WAY I should go, for to you, I entrust my life."
Proverbs 3:6 says, "In all your ways, submit to him and He will make your paths straight."
Isaiah 30: 21 says, Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, "This is the WAY, walk in it."
He shows there is a WAY, a path, a plan if we just can find it in ourselves to wholly trust him.
He shows us in all those verses, that he's going to make a way. He knows the way. We are found in him, We don't have to live lost. He's going to show you which way to go in your life.
We've heard the saying, where there's a will, there's a way. Sure.
But what about when it's His will, do we trust the way? Do we make room for God to move in our lives?
Lately, I haven't. I've been living with all this uncertainty.
I challenge you as I challenge myself to trust that His plan will be pleasing and perfect for you. Psalm 18:30 reminds us God's way is perfect. Even if we think our way is better.
And remember that we're simply not powerful enough to mess up His plan or miss the next turn.