Trust Your Navigator

One of the greatest benefits of a GPS system is that if you trust it, you can enjoy the journey. You don’t have to look ahead or watch for each landmark to mark your progress. With confidence in your navigation, the experience is under control, leaving you time to embrace the curves and find beauty along the way. Having (and trusting) the GPS makes the journey so much better.

Psalm 56:3

Let me bring this full circle, a while back I was traveling to visit a friend who had recently moved. I had the kids with me and like most of you, I had plugged in her new address to my GPS. As the system was navigating, it would strategically take us around road construction and on occasion, re-route us completely. Because my eyes were on the road, I didn’t always know what challenges we were avoiding. I had trusted that the sophisticated GPS system could anticipate road construction and traffic challenges better than I could. In addition there were a few times where, despite that voice queuing me a quarter of a mile ahead of time, I still took a wrong turn. And like clockwork, immediately following my missed directions, the GPS voice would politely ask me to take the next possible you turn and get back on track.

At one point Addison asked me where that voice is coming from. Followed by Owen questioning why I trusted that voice. Let’s agree, it really does come out of nowhere and I’m not even certain where the GPS calculates its information. What I do know, is that although I can’t see the voice, I trust it knows more than I do when it comes to directions. Undoubtedly it sees a bigger picture. Calculates information from traffic reports, and uses satellite mapping so it can provide me with the most updated road options. As I was trying to explain this to the kids, I realized what a great illustration this is for a faith.

{So stay with me… because I love illustrations. Particularly ones that help me identify my faith journey. Not only do I find they are relatable, but the familiarity helps me identify with it and I love having tangible faith reminders in my life.}

Jesus is our voice, He is our navigator and thankfully, we’ve already put in our destination {eternity}. It’s trusting Him as our navigator and embracing the journey that typically presents the challenge. We don’t need to see him to trust him. Instead we just need to listen for His voice and follow. And sometimes that’s hard with the loud distractions in our life {much like the car radio, Dude Perfect on a kids tablet and 2 kids playing the alphabet game}. But if we practice listening and know His voice, we can identify it more easily. And I assure you, it will take us safely through every construction zone and around every curve. There will be times when we go the wrong way, but much like a GPS system  if we re-center the map {maybe through prayer}, He will gracefully ask us to make a U-turn and get us back on course. As we journey through this life, He sees the big picture. Undoubtedly he knows more than we do. We may not understand at the time why he’s having us take the long way around, but He knows what lies ahead.

Together, let’s listen for His voice. If you haven’t yet – put in your final destination {declare Jesus as your Lord and Savior, giving your life to Him} and begin listening for His voice. His knowledge will navigate you through your journey. And it works best when you trust Him completely, because He knows more than you do… He sees the bigger picture and can take you through tough spots. Let’s enjoy the journey along the way, knowing we have a navigator who exists to help us enjoy and make it through the curves and detours.

Relevant Scripture: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

Heavenly Father, help us to decipher your voice and trust you as our ultimate navigator. May we embrace the curves and unexpected road blocks, trusting they are part of the journey. Amen.

Author: Carrie Kiekhaefer

I'm Carrie Kiekhaefer and I'm passionate about finding and reflecting JOY in this life. Unfortunately, I know a lot can get in the way of that JOY. Life is messy and complicated. I'm here as a messy child of God, a natural encourager, a blogger, a coach and a designer to help you navigate through the mess. With relevant scripture, a relationship with Jesus and some honest blogs we can find, let's discover and reflect His Joy - together.

4 thoughts on “Trust Your Navigator

  1. amen! Sometimes I’m too stubborn to listen and think my way is better or more efficient. 64/64 times I am incorrect in both GPS and spiritually. 🙂 #TGFG….Thank God For Grace!

    1. Heidi! I love your words. And I agree, on both counts! After thinking more about this illustration, I’ve realized there’s another comparison that is relevant for me. Much like my faith, I want to see the bigger picture. So when using my GPS screen, I try to use my fingers to enlarge the scope of the map. I want to see what the next few turns look like, I find myself unsatisfied with being committed to the driving moment at hand. Despite my best attempts to see across city lines and look at my final destination, the map quickly bounces me back to the only view I need – the map of where I’m at currently. Another good reminder of letting Jesus navigate and embracing the road right in front of you. Joy on my friend!

  2. Excellent comparison! You are hitting the nail on the head! Keep up these meaningful inspirational readings! I enjoy your writing!

    1. I continue to be so appreciative of your encouragement. Thanks for the generous words and for taking time out of your day to engage in these! You are valued… and loved by a King. Joy on!

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