I’ve made the trip from Dallas to Missouri, and vice versa quite a few times now so I pretty much know where I’m going. I don’t need to use the GPS function on my phone to find my way, but I still do use it some times. I like the fact that it keeps track of how much time I have left to go. I also enjoy seeing if there might be a special marker called out for some reason. For instance, this last trip I happened to look up and see that there was an IOOF Cemetery right off of the road I was driving on. This is interesting to me because I had just learned during my holiday trip what IOOF was – Independent Order of Odd Fellows, which is an altruistic and benevolent fraternal organization. Members of this group are often also members of Freemasonry. Strolling through a cemetery labeled as an IOOF Cemetery it’s easy to see this. Anyway, I like to use my GPS so naturally I had it on when I headed back home last week.
Now, just because I have it turned on doesn’t necessarily mean that I like to listen to it. Sometimes it takes you through some shortcuts without you knowing why. I like to see why every once in a while. This trip was no different. When I travel between Dallas and SW Missouri I almost always take Highway 75/69 to or from Highway 60. From Missouri to Dallas, at the end of Highway 60 there are a couple of small highways the GPS leads me down. For some reason it takes away 30 minutes worth of driving when you follow this way. This trip I decided to see what it would be like to not take these roads this time. When it came to my turn I just kept going straight. I watched as the GPS went into “Rerouting” mode, but something different happened this time. The GPS went black and turned off. I thought that maybe my phone overheated so I unplugged the charger and allowed it to sit for a while. I didn’t need it, I knew exactly where I was going… or at least I thought I did.
I trucked along, following the road signs the best I could. I was finally on Highway 69 (also Route 66 it turns out) and I was home free. This highway is a straight shot, for the most part. But somewhere I missed a turn or a merge or something. Buildings weren’t looking familiar. The road sign showed just as 66. What the heck was going on? I turned my phone back on and brought up my GPS. I had somehow gotten 30 minutes off of schedule. The device wanted me to take all of these roads to get me back on track, and none of them seemed familiar. I finally pulled over so I could get a closer look at where I was supposed to be going. I zoomed in on the map to see what was going on, but I still couldn’t tell. I decided to just go with it and was on my way.
My way of thinking has changed quite a bit over the last few years. When something like this happened to me in the past I would often think why me or what did I do to deserve this or can’t I do anything right? This time was different. I started thinking maybe there is something I’m meant to see this way or maybe there is someone I’m meant to help or perhaps someone needs a ride. None of these things happened but I do think I learned a lesson anyways. The whole way, until I finally caught up with my original highway, I worried that I might not be going the right way. Even with this nagging feeling I decided to follow what the GPS told me regardless. In the end I found my way and it turned out that I had no reason to worry at all. This is the same as Faith and following the Holy Spirit.
Faith isn’t something that we just have. It must be acted upon. It wasn’t important for me to just merely believe what the GPS was telling me, I also needed to follow what it was telling me. There will be times when we think that we know what is best, and inevitably we will see that we don’t. We must open ourselves up to the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit for he is there to help guide us back home.
Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation. ~ Exodus 15: 13
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