Recently I had an appointment in an area of Palm Beach where I have never been before. I underestimated the amount of time it would take me to get there, and before I knew it, I was running excruciatingly late. The Waze GPS app was giving me one direction, but I decided to take another route, which I thought would get me there faster. Boy, was I wrong! My so-called fast and convenient path led me into several school and construction zones with a painful one lane open option. It was a nightmare in daylight. Having to drive barely 5 miles an hour and watch the time slowly slip away. I ended up having to call and cancel my very important appointment. While Waze was trying to take me around the backed-up traffic due to the information it had, me going my own way cost me not only my stress level, but it also cost me a very important appointment.
God is All-Knowing and All-Seeing. He knows the pitfalls and delays that are ahead. Sometimes that relationship that didn’t work out was God sparing you from a chronic cheater. That potential job that didn’t pan out-was God shielding you from working with a dishonest company leading you to compromise. Or the business deal that fell through- was God working for you what was ultimately a set up against you. Yet we cry, and we pray to God trying to force our way through a closed door, not realizing that this current closed door is God’s way of leading you to a better one, but in His timing and according to His direction.
Many times our stubbornness to follow the GPS of heaven (God) will cause us to lose much more than what we bargained for. We find ourselves doing exactly what the scripture warns against, we trust in our own way and lean unto our own understanding. Only to end up with what we were trying to avoid to begin with. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is found in John chapter 2, the story of Jesus turning water into wine. The attendants of the wedding were frantic and out of sorts due to them running empty of wine needed for the guests. Mary, the mother of Jesus, went to Jesus to solicit a miracle. And Mary said something to these worried wedding hosts, which I believe she would say to us today, “whatever He tells you to do, just do it.” Jesus told them to fill their empty wine barrels with water, and what was once empty became barrels of wine. As a matter of fact, the best tasting wine according to the master of the wedding banquet.
It is to our benefit to follow the Lord according to His Word. It may seem hard now, but the reality is the temporary discomfort now fails in comparison to what it’ll feel like and look like later when you are stuck with what you didn’t want-pain, frustration and detours to denials.
So Waze is my new best friend. Even when it doesn’t look like it’s making sense, I know it sees ahead of me and knows what I don’t know. While we only see a few blocks ahead, God sees the entire map!
How much more should God be like Waze GPS in our lives? Where we look and depend on His direction for the right path to take.
Proverbs 3:5:6 says, “Trust in the Lord with your whole heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.”
“The worst thing than waiting on God is wishing that you had!”
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
Lord, we trust you for the way. May your plans for me hijack my plans for me. Not only do I trust you with the way, but I also trust in your direction to get me there!