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God—Our GPS

By Bridget Gazlay

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

A few months ago a friend shared his experience using his wife’s Global Positioning System (GPS). Because of all the construction, he decided to veer off the main road and try some back roads.

He started out using the GPS device, but when it told him to go south (he wanted to go north), he decided it wasn’t working properly and he would use his own judgment on which direction to go.

He tried this for a little while, but he wasn’t going anywhere close to where he needed to go. He turned the GPS device back on and followed those directions to get back to the main road. He ended up not far behind the car he was originally behind!

This is a great example of what we do to God sometimes. We think our lives can’t possibly be the way God intended so we try to tell God what we think needs to happen. But as soon as we give God our total trust and faith and let Him do the work in our lives, He often does, “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…”(Ephesians 3:20)

Why is it that even though we experience God and see Him work in our lives, we still want to go our own direction? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather give my plans up to the Father, who knows everything and actually sees the “whole map”! I’d rather have God as my GPS than trust in my own navigating!

Prayer: Your word tells us that if we trust in you, you will make our paths straight. We come before you now and relinquish the plans we have in favor of YOUR plans. Work in our lives and direct us on the path most pleasing to your will. AMEN.

Thought for the Day

“If the whole world followed you, would you be pleased with where you took it?” Neale Donald Walsch (writer)

©2009 Bridget Gazlay. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
(Devotional previously published by Hope Network, January 2009)

Bio:
Bridget Gazlay resides in the beautiful West Michigan. She struggles with Fibromyalgia, Endometriosis, IBS, and migraines. She works full time but writes and designs fabric cards on the side. Bridget’s prayer is that readers who come across her writing or fabric cards would see that she allows, “God’s creation to be my inspiration.” You can reach Bridget at: fabricards101@verizon.net or http://mysite.verizon.net/fabricards101.