Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I've been enjoying using my new GPS, most of the time.  I've encountered a few challenges with it, however.

My short term memory creates a problem when the unemotional voice prompts me to take a turn and within a few short seconds I can't remember what she just said. It works much better for me now that I've figured out how to make her repeat the directions.

Then there's the challenge of exactly how far 200 feet really is.  I've never been good at judging distances. It'd be better if she would tell me to turn at the blue house with red shudders or look for the pizza shop on the left.  I just have no idea how far .4 miles is.  (Anyone want to travel with me?)

My first experience with a GPS was in Germany and it was not a good one.  (imagine 4 hours of traveling in a foreign country after an all-night flight and listening to 'recalculating' over and over).  I decided then that I would never get 'one of those'. 

My husband decided otherwise, and I'm glad he did.  I'm also thankful for the 'recalculating' because I know that eventually I'll end up at my destination, even if I take a wrong turn.

It reminds me of God's grace somehow.  Sometimes I take a wrong turn and wonder how on earth I'll get back on track.  But I know that He is always watching over me and He is a Father who finishes the good work He begins in us, even when we get off the main path. 

Whether we weren't paying attention to His leading because we were distracted or just plain chose to take a rabbit trail, He is recalculating and working all things out for our good.

Proverbs 16:9 says "In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps."  NIV

Now that's a GPS I can count on!