Words of Encouragement

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My husband never gets lost.  Mind you we have taken “scenic tours” and “shortcuts”and sometimes we drive in large circles, but apparently we were not lost but just “recalculating.” Does that ring a bell for any of you? On many of our trips, we rely on our GPS.  This does not always go as smoothly as we would hope sometimes.  Often the relationship between my husband and the GPS lady is strained if not anything short of animosity.

The GPS lady likes facts and only facts.  She is also hard of hearing.

JEFF:  Voice command.
GPS:  Speak the name of a popular place.
JEFF:  Howard Johnsons
GPS:  Did you say Boulevard?
GPS:  Did you say Pullam?
JEFF:  NO I said Howwwwarrrrd Johnnnnnsons!!
GPS:  Did you say Law Office
JEFF:  Nooooo you stupid ….
…. silence ….
GPS:  Searching for Law Office

You see, you cannot call your GPS lady names or she will get passive aggressive on you.

GPS:  In 200 metres turn right on Sixteenth Street.

Suddenly my husband discovers a geocache and turns left. At this point my GPS lady gets anxious.

GPS:  Turn right on Seventeenth Street.
GPS:  Turn right on Eighteenth Street.
GPS:  Recalculating.

Jeff says that he would prefer a GPS that likes to Geocache or “gives a rundown of significant historic facts.”  He thinks the conversation should go more like this:
GPS:  You really should turn right here but there is a cool Geocache on the left.  I’ll wait.

Ria says that since our GPS is a woman’s voice she should understand the need to stop and shop.  Her conversation would sound like this:
GPS:  “TJ Maxx has their spring sale on but the sales are better at Macy’s, please continue 300 metres for better sales.”  Do I hear an AMEN?!

Our GPS describes my life quite well.  I have a goal but I get distracted easily.  God has a plan for my life but there are so many cool things to see on the sidelines.  A lot of times I don’t like to admit I need direction.  Sometimes I take scenic tours, shortcuts, and go in big circles.  Often God speaks very clearly to me, “turn right in 300 metres” but I often see something I like better on the left.  However, God’s directions are clearly written in His word for us to refer to.  He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in every believer to guide us every step of the way.  When we get lost either willfully or if we just wander off, we need only to look to our Heavenly Father who will gently “recalculate” for us and get us back on the route that HE has planned for us.

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”  Isaiah 30:21 NIV

So how about tuning  in to His GPS?  He will never lead you astray nor get you lost.  He knows the exact perfect route for you.

HIS GPS:  Turn right in 300 metres for a huge blessing in your life.
HIS GPS:  I know exactly where we are going, you can trust me.
HIS GPS:  Recalculating …  for a course laid out by God!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6  NIV


By Cyndi den Otter (C)

March 16, 2012

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