Last Sunday when I was driving a way I had not been before I allowed Google Maps to lead me through a part of central Kentucky. I turned off the well-known interstate at sunset. The sun faded over the hills as my recognition of where I was and the roads I was traveling faded. Onward I pressed. The roads became narrower, less traveled and full of curves. Signs that said things like “Break in Pavement Ahead” appeared. In my mind the road became darker and populated with all sorts of things and people you don’t want to see at night. And my confidence in the ability of my vehicle to round the next turn or the climb the next hill weakened.
“I’m going to break down and be stranded out here in the middle of no where Kentucky” I thought to myself.
Just went I thought the next turn would lead me on to a small dirt road to nowhere I come upon an intersection with a well-traveled and known state highway! The effort had been rewarded, and the anxiety was fruitless.
I am not comparing trust in Google Maps with trust with God, however, I think you can see the connection to our lives. We want to let the Lord lead us, but we freak out when things are not how we thought they might be. Turning over the control to the Creator can be scary, but I think he knows the way. And the result will be better than you expected!
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)