Which GPS do you place your faith in? The Global Positioning System or God’s Plan of Salvation?
Both take you where you want to go. So I guess the question is, where might that be? Where should it be?
I’ve got lots of stories and experiences with both. My mother actually just learned another lesson about this yesterday. We didn’t have a GPS (the Global Positioning System kind) until the last couple years because it didn’t feel like we needed one. But then a job internship came about and my mother and I went to Houston, Texas for a summer. It was fun. It was hot. It was crazy. The road system was absolutely insane – but as tempting as it was to get a GPS, my mother felt like God was telling her not to get one. So she didn’t. And we survived. For a while.
But that got hard, you know? It’s nerve-wracking not having complete control over where you’re going – not having a voice guiding you through every step. It’s so tiring constantly doubting directions and wondering if you’re going the right way without affirmation. So eventually we gave in, and got a GPS.
It worked for a little while, I guess. But sometimes it led us nowhere. Most of the time it led us berserk. It gave us the power to trust in mankind instead of God and so it led us away from Him for a little bit.
But by His grace, He led us back.
Yesterday my mom was coming home from visiting one of our former church members that had moved to Iowa and was going back to China for good later this year. It was likely her last chance to visit her close friend, so she left right after a wedding at our church this weekend. And every road the GPS told her to try led her to this main street that was being fixed that day. Needless to say, she might have panicked. Just a little bit. But she remembered again God’s faithfulness all those years without a GPS and trusted in her heart that no matter what happened, she would get home. So she prayed. She pulled into a small store’s driveway and recommitted her foundation onto God and cast her worries on Him, knowing that He is bigger than roads and streets and getting lost. That behind it all, He was there, taking care of it already. After that, my mother went in and asked for directions and slowly but safely made it back home. Because she trusted in God’s Plan of Salvation.
Her companion told a similar story of a time she was in a new city and had to get to school but didn’t know any streets or landmarks so she closed her eyes and said, “God, tell me where to turn and I’ll turn.” He led her right to the school doors.
I’m not saying that the Global Positioning System is bad. I’m not even saying it’s a sin to use it. It’s just that no matter what happens – even if you have a GPS or know the way by heart – your safety, the road conditions, the people and drivers, the surroundings you pass, are all dependent on God’s constant sustainment and faithful care. In the end, everything depends on God’s Plan of Salvation. Will you?