Finding God’s Path for your Life
Have you ever been lost? I mean literally lost, without a map or GPS? If you have, you know what a terrible feeling it is, not knowing which way to turn to get where you want to go.
I remember how excited I was when I got my first GPS device. I had traveled for years with the Map Quest print outs and always struggled to drive and read the directions at the same time. You know what I mean, having a hard time finding where I needed to be. The GPS device was the greatest invention ever for me!
On a trip to Raleigh, NC, I was to meet the sales rep I was working with at the exact address she had given me. So, I programmed in the GPS and away I went. When I arrived at the destination, as proclaimed by the lady on the GPS, I was at an abandoned warehouse building in the middle of nowhere. But the road names matched the address the rep had given me! However, there was no office and no sales rep.
About that time the rep called me– thank goodness for cell phones- and asked where I was, it was almost time for our appointment. “I am at the exact address you gave me, but I don’t see you” I said. She could hear the GPS lady saying “you have arrived at your destination on the right” but I was nowhere in sight! She started telling me what to look for – all the while the GPS was continuing to yell at me. I am sure you can imagine my frustration! The rep finally said in frustration,”just turn that thing off and listen to me – I will tell you how to get here!”WOW, just turn that noise off and I will tell you where to find me! I was only a few blocks away and we made the appointment on time, but with such aggravation that I was not much help in the presentation.
Have you ever experience such frustration? I am so much like the GPS commercial when the GPS says “turn right” and I drive into a building. But, you know, it isn’t just in seeking a specific physical location that we can get lost or “drive into something that stops us cold.” In the course of life, have you ever felt that you were “off course” not sure which direction to go? Or, has something happened, beyond your control, that sets your head spinning so you don’t know the right direction?
After my frustrating experience with the GPS, I thought, how could I have avoided that frustration? What did I do wrong? I followed the directions given by the GPS, but I arrived at the wrong place!
Maybe you are feeling that way too. Do you look around you and see that you thought you were following directions, but somehow ended up in the wrong place? A place of loneliness, emptiness or just feeling that you are not accomplishing what you thought you would in life?
Well, you are not alone. Many people are in the same place and seeking guidance and direction. In next weeks Blog, we will discuss how to “turn off all the background noise” and start finding the right direction for you.