“In a half mile turn around.”
I GOT IT TOM! GPS… Such a wonderful tool to get us where we need to go. As a man, I am supposed to be excellent with directions or at least act like I am a brilliant navigator. Put me on the road and I will lead us to where we need to go! Well, that’s not really true in my case. In fact, sometimes I find it impressive I can navigate to places outside my immediate hometown without directions. Enter one of the best gifts ever… GPS. Since ours was a TomTom we affectionately named ours Tom. Tom’s favorite phrase was, “turn around when possible.”
My family and I (and Tom) took a trip to Panama Rocks, a one mile hiking trail in Chautauqua County. Just off of the trail in every direction are 30ft rocks and deep caverns, which you are welcome to climb and explore. We went up and down, forwards and backwards, over and under. At one point I may have been upside down. While the scenery was truly amazing, I think my wife and I were equally astonished that it took us over three hours to essentially walk a one mile trail!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)
Let’s face it, this thing we call life… It’s no walk in the park some days. There are ups and downs and downs and ups regardless of where you were born, how much money you have, or whether you’re married or single. Often in life I have wanted to trust what I thought and what I wanted to do. After all, I know what is best for me right? “Turn around.”
I find when I follow the “David path”, I end up turning the wrong way or climbing the mountain I don’t need to climb. It’s at this point, when I am utterly lost and exhausted from trying to find the right way, I look to life’s GPS, God. “God, I am lost. I have no idea what I am supposed to do from here. My way, as you might have noticed, is not working. I need you, Lord.”
“Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105 NIV)
This is when I feel G.P.S. (God Providing Security) taking over. All of a sudden, I do see the direction I am supposed to head in. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. But, one of the largest mistakes that we make is assuming that from this point our path will be well lit and straight.
My friend, that is simply not true. You need to climb back down the mountain or out of the cavern still. But David, that’s hard. You’re right, but you won’t be alone this time. God is with you. I will tell you from personal experience: He will carry you if you are willing to let Him. He will bring people into your life that you had no idea even existed. He will guide you through places you didn’t know were there and that you thought were impassable. He will help you accomplish things that you would have never fathomed. My friend, He will carry you out of the darkness and into the Light. He will make your path straight.
Truth: A GPS for your life and my life already exists. The question you and I need to answer is, will I follow where it leads me?
I would be honored if you would share a time in your life where you were called to “turn around.” How did you do it?