I have taught our youth Sunday school for about five years now. We have fun. We had an interesting conversation this past Sunday that I wanted to share. The point made can apply to anyone and everyone at some point of their life or another.
We talked about GPS systems. We all have navigation on our phones. We probably use it quite often. If you are like my husband, then whenever we are heading out on a trip….the navigation is one of the first things he gets set up. Car loaded, family in, car cranked up, and navigation set with our destination.
Let’s be honest. Do we really need the first five or six steps? Do we have to hear that voice telling us how to make our way out of our neighborhood? The answer is no. We don’t really need the GPS until we get into unfamiliar territory.
Isn’t it a shame that we often treat our prayer life the same way!
So many times we might look at our life and think that we know the general direction that our life is supposed to go. We might think that we can handle steps 1-5 all by ourselves.
Well, of course grades are important. You might think that you are a student and you don’t really need to be praying that much for direction from God at this point in your life. You are working toward graduation. You have plans. You love Jesus. You just also have plans. You know where you want to college. No need to pray about that…you already know….maybe it’s where your parents and siblings went…. So obviously that’s where you are going too. You plan on following God. You are going to spend time in prayer when you get out into the unknown territory. Once your past the steps that you feel like are the obvious ones, then that’s when you turn on the GPS….that’s when you will seek God for direction.
But what happens on your GPS when you have gone the wrong way or gone too far or missed a turn…?
Do you think that our lives are ever like that? Do you think that we miss turns that we were meant to take because we think we know the obvious way to go? Maybe God has a calling on your life to be a missionary and you are not meant to go to that college that every other member of your family graduated from.
If you aren’t seeking Christ all along then how will you know what way to go?
Don’t get so caught up in what you think is the correct direction that you aren’t asking God to guide you. The process of being re-routed takes time and energy. Think about Jonah. It’s so much easier to go the right way the first time.
Don’t get caught up in your own plans. Seek God with every step you take and every decision you make. His plan for your life is an amazing one and His timing is always perfect.