Thursday, January 15, 2009

For the directionally-challenged

My parents are finally retired and able to enjoy the freedom of traveling at leisure now, so they are spending a lot more time on the road in one of their vehicles. Since my mom doesn’t see a need for the likes of a computer, their household is technologically-deprived. So the navigational system in his new truck is the source of much excitement for my dad. When they visited us for Christmas, he was telling us all about how he used the GPS on their most recent road trip.

Now, anyone who has one of these techno-marvels knows that the unrealistically calm female voice that directs your travel route can get on anyone’s nerves after a while. Especially when she repeats herself … over … and over.

If you use the audible navigation system very often, then you have undoubtedly heard the message: “you are now off course. Please make a u-turn ….” Apparently this gets on my mother’s last good nerve. When she had finally heard it for the umpteenth time on that trip, she snapped “There is only ONE woman in this car who can tell you how to drive!” We all enjoyed a good belly-laugh at that one!

While we were still laughing, I thought how God must be thinking something along those lines, but He is far too much a Gentleman to point it out quite so bluntly.

He has given us a life-navigational system: The Holy Spirit.

He has given us the instruction manual: His Word.

With all the celebrities, politicians, personal trainers, life coaches, talk show hosts, and other “experts” talking at us, it might seem hard to figure out whose advice to follow.

There is only One Voice that we should be listening to on this journey of life. With all the hills and valleys, twists and turns, sideroads, shortcuts and dark alleys that we encounter, it’s so comforting to know that my Internal Navigational system is always right … I just have to tune out all the static around me and listen to Him.

John 10:4 (NLT)
After He has gathered his own flock, He walks ahead of them, and they follow Him because they know His voice.

The Bible is a compass, pointing you in the right direction.

1 comment:

  1. Seriously Kim - just AWESOME!!!! LOVED THIS:

    He has given us a life-navigational system: The Holy Spirit.

    He has given us the instruction manual: His Word.

    Keep writing my sister!
    Love ya!