My husband bought me a GPS. Hard to say why. Could be because I have a habit of calling him at work, when he’s in some important meeting, to tell him I am driving around some place lost. Then I ask him to Google Map where I am to get me unlost. Yeah, that’s probably why. SO anyway, the GPS was supposed to fix all that until one day, I ignored the directions from the GPS and I ended up at a dead end. And do you know what it said next? “Recalculating”. In GPS language, that means time to try again.
What if God gave each of us a GPS system with His voice telling us where to go? Would you go where God told you to go? God spends all day everyday trying to tell us when to turn next through His scripture, the promptings of His Spirit and the wisdom of godly friends. Even though I try to tap into this GPS system from God, I have a tendency to go off in my own direction.
Getting off track from God usually begins with a strong dose of self-reliance. It sounds like “I got this. No problem. I’ll take care of everything.” Those first wrong turns lead down a road of total confusion that sounds like “This can’t be happening.” “Things aren’t supposed to be going like this.” One bad turn leads to another and I find myself wallowing in self-depreciation: “Oh, no. What was I thinking? I’m an idiot. I’m not smart enough, good enough, or popular enough to accomplish this.” Until finally, I reach a dead end. That’s when I face defeat. “It’s way too much.” “I give up. I never should have even attempted this.”
Then, sitting at the end of the road, with no clue how to go on, I hear God’s GPS wired into me say “Recalculating.” In God’s GPS language, that means “Of course you can’t do this…without me.”
I can’t tell you how many times I have felt like I cannot go on. I begin to wonder if I was on the Lord’s path at all. But really the Lord was just taking me to a place where I cannot go on without Him. That ole’ dead end is just one more lesson from the Lord about relying on Him. Psalm 86:11 says “Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth!” See? You’re not supposed to have it all figured out. We all need to be students and learn God’s way.
The dead ends in your life are not times God has left you, they are times He is waiting to be found. Again. Take it from an expert at dead ends, let God teach you His ways. Hang on to scripture, promptings and the godly wisdom of friends. But when the day comes, and they always do, when you find yourself at another dead end, don’t worry. God’s a master at “Recalculating.”