One day a couple of years ago I was driving home from university and the road I usually drove back was closed. So I decided I’d type my post-code into the GPS I never used. It told me it had a route for me which would actually take half an hour less than the route I normally took home. I immediately thought this was too good to be true (for some reason I’ve always had difficulty trusting GPS systems), but I didn’t know how else I’d get home so I had no choice.
I warily followed the directions it gave me. After about 45 minutes I was on a motorway and I didn’t recognise any of the towns that were appearing on the signs along the road. I was completely clueless as to where I was and where I was heading. I stopped at a service station so that I could google my location. After about a half-hour of faffing about and wondering if I should turn around, I decided to just carry on and see where I ended up. As promised, the GPS got me home and I felt a bit stupid for making such a fuss.
I’ve noticed that I do this with God too. He’s got a destination for me in my life and he’s giving me the directions I need to take, but I get scared and I doubt his plan. I don’t see the end destination in sight – so I find myself shying away and making excuses. Ultimately all I’m doing is waiting on the side-lines, unsatisfied and delaying the plan God has for me.
In Jeremiah 29:11 He says “For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future”.
Trust where he’s taking you. There’s no one greater that you could ever follow – he’s pretty much the Shepherd of all shepherds. If his answer is to wait – wait diligently. If where he’s taking you seems impossible, know that God always makes a way. If you feel like you can’t go on, He will carry you.
Thank heavens that our God is a God who provides and that He is a God of miracles. He’ll part the sea for you if he has to.