Last year, my wife brought me a GPS for my birthday. My Magellan does a terrific job of giving me turn by turn directions to get me from one place to another. “Maggie” the name my daughters have designated for my GPS can only direct me to where I have instructed her. Some days, I will be driving down the road and decide to jump off the interstate to get gas or a meal. Maggie politely lets me know that I have taken a detour. I have come to trust my GPS. One feature, I particularly love is knowing approximately what time that Maggie thinks I will arrive.
I live in a fast growing community of Spring Hill, TN and Maggie occasionally has to be updated with new maps or programs so that she can direct me the best route, so that I don’t confuse her when I keep going straight into those woods or fields. Maggie also cannot help me unless I power her up and input the address for where I am headed.
Many Christians treat God the way I treat my GPS. We fail to begin our daily journey with seeking his guidance…we just get in the car and go. Then, when we need his help, we pull Him out of the glove compartment, power him up, and tell him what we want him to do for us. Bless my lesson today, let my team win, heal my friend or family member, or give me a job. God is loving and still hears these prayers but what God is reminding me these days is that I need to start every day surrendered to his plan and his direction.
My prayer for you is that you will not treat God like a GPS. He never needs to be updated or plugged in and he always knows what best for his children. “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you” (Matthew 6:33, HCSB).