GPS

For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord GOD. Turn, then, and live.  Ezekiel 18:1-4, 19-32 The key word as I see it is turn. It’s as simple as that. Every now and then, I allow the GPS in my car to guide me home from unfamiliar places just until I get to a place of recognition in the journey. There have been other times when I started out using the GPS and decided that it was taking me in the wrong direction because I had already determined that where I needed to go was in a different direction. These are the trips that often leave me somewhat anxious and very confused in the beginning because my sense of direction is in conflict with where the GPS is trying to take me. Even as I make turns contrary to the GPS it will continually recalculate the route according to my “misdirected” turns. This recently happened to me the other day and I found myself in various places, all of which were unfamiliar. Finally I decided that I would just follow the direction of the GPS. Although it took me twice as long to get home I did eventually get to a place of familiarity in which I could then take the shortest route from where I was at that moment directly to my home. Sometimes in life it takes us longer to arrive at various destinations because we make predetermined turns which lead us to unfamiliar and difficult places and we spend a lot of time self-navigating. We forget that every turn we take that is away from God requires recalculation. When we decide to allow God to guide our direction, it may take us longer to get to our desired destination, but eventually we will find that place of familiarity – that spiritual place of peace, which leads us home.

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