Monday Musings for January 29, 2018

Monday Musings for January 29, 2018

Dear Friends,

I love maps.  When on a long trip, I love bringing my map into the restaurant when we stop for food and studying where we’ve been and where we are going.  Often even before I study the menu.

I have quite the collection of maps.  You know, the kind you have to fold in a certain order when you put it away.  I’m slow getting used to google maps and navigation systems on my phone.

Helen and I disagree rarely, but when we are driving to some new location, it irritates her that I insist on using a map and not letting that robotic voice of technology tell me where to turn.  (I only use that when I get hopelessly lost, which has been known to happen.)

Perhaps you have more experience with navigation systems than I do.  You know what happens when you fail to turn where you were told to turn.  That disembodied female voice gets mad, right?  “What are you doing!!!  I told you to turn back there, you numbskull! I gave you perfect directions, and you ruined everything!!”

No?

Actually, the voice remains just as calm and monotone as before and simply says, “Recalculating.”  In seconds, you are given a new way to get to your original destination.

I think God is like that.  God cares about the decisions you are going to make during the course of this day.  God is even speaking with that “still small voice” we often ignore, trying to guide you.

But still, we often get off course. We go our own way and do our own thing.  What does God do?  Yell at us?  No.  God is already calmly and patiently calculating another route.  God is still determined to get us to where we are supposed to be.

No matter where we are in our lives, no matter how hopelessly lost, God can get us back on track.  It’s never true that, “You can’t get there from here.”

I still love maps.  Maps are kind of like the Bible.  God’s guidebook.  But the Bible tells us there is another way God guides us.  God speaks to us directly, if we will listen.  When that happens, it’s kind of like a modern navigation system.  It’s another way our loving God uses to get us to where we need to be.

In Christ,

John