Recently my husband got a new phone. While I’m typically not a “techy” person, I was immediately impressed with this particular phone because it had a built in GPS. Gone would be the need for MapQuest or the good old-fashioned paper map. With this GPS, we could safely trust that we had all we need to stay on track.
We felt empowered.
Shortly thereafter we retreated home from a nice family weekend in Northern Minnesota. Although we had no clue where we were at, we felt safe with our phone GPS nestled into the front cup holder. Following its direction, we made our way from the gravel roads the cabin sat on through the forest of trees back towards civilization.
However, as we drove, we realized that where the GPS placed our car did not match with the street signs. Apparently the system’s signal was not strong enough and we were officially lost.
Life can be like this too. We can feel as though our faith life isn’t strong enough to know which direction to take so we look to strong Christian friends to help us map out our course. They become our GPS in unknown territory, and, because we trust in them, we feel more confident.
But, even the most faithful of our friends and family are fallible. Despite their best intentions, they can lead us astray. And, in the midst of our clinging to them in an effort to feel more faith-filled or right in our decision making, we abandon the one true GPS that will NEVER disappoint – the Lord.
Philippians 4:13 reminds us, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
We serve a God that meets us where we are at, directs us without fail, and empowers us with everything we need to glorify Him as He created us to do. Through our Faith-Giver, we can trust that we truly have all we need to stay on track and prosper.