A few weeks ago, my mom and I were looking for a new thrift store. We were having a hard time finding the store, so I decided to enter the address in my iPhone. Finally, we were on our way. The cool thing about my GPS is that it shows you when you go off course and it has a blinking pin right on your destination. So, if you pay close attention, you will successfully get to your destination. Easy enough right? Even with the GPS, we had some trouble finding the store, but we finally got there (We are directionally challenged).
I started to think about my Christian walk. Wouldn’t it be awesome if Jesus gave us the coordinates of our destinations in life? Then I could just enter it into my phone and know exactly where I was going. The blinky pin would be on my destination and it would show me when I was going off course. That would be so cool! But, it doesn’t work that way. If Jesus gave us a GPS then we wouldn’t need faith to trust Him because we would know our life plan exactly, moment by moment. One thing is for sure, if we have a personal relationship with Jesus, we know our final destination—heaven. God doesn’t give us details instructions of where we are going and what bumps in the road we might face, but He does give us His perfect peace and His guidance and direction. We are able to come to Him in prayer and ask for His guidance and will for our life.
If you are anything like me, you are a major planner. I plan out my day, my week, my month, my school year, etc. I plan what I am going to wear, what I am going to eat for breakfast, and what I am going to do after work. Let’s just say I am a control freak. Being a control freak and follow the guidance of someone; how does that work?
I am reminded of something my mom said today. We were walking around a park that we aren’t too familiar with. I had been to the park recently, so I knew my way around the park better than my mom did. I told her, “Follow me, I know where to go.” She didn’t hear me, and she started walking another path. Then I remind her that I knew the way. She said,”I guess I am not very good at following.”
The same is true in my Christian walk. I am not very good at following. Jesus is telling me, “Come on, Sarah, I already have a path for you, just follow me. I know the way.” But, I tell Jesus, “Sure, I will follow you, but first I want to do a few things. I need to take a detour.” But, that is not following Jesus. If I want to be a follower of Christ, I have to give up my plans, and follow Jesus. His plans and timing are far better than mine.
I came to a conclusion today. I am missing the point; I am missing the boat. I say I am a follower of Christ, but I am actually following Him? Am I trusting Him? I have been struggling because I want to make my own plans. I have been going a million miles an hour trying to find a Christian mate. But, today Jesus nudged me and said, “Sarah, I got it under control, just follow me and everything will fall into place.” I decided to stop worrying about finding a mate; if it’s God will, it will happen. Follow Jesus. He is smarter and a better planner than all of us combined!