Bring Your Maps

Call me old-fashioned, but when traveling across country I want my maps. You remember them: the things you would pick up at the filling station and, once used, could never hold back the way they came.

Most people have given these up for Google online maps and the GPS on the dash of their automobile. Not me.

With a complete picture of the area (all on one page!), I know where I am and can get to wherever I’m going!

On a recent trip to Branson, we had no maps, just GPS on an iPhone. To complicate matters, we were traveling “off-turnpike,” in other words, we took the “surface roads.”

If you’ve ever taken these back roads in Oklahoma or Missouri, you know what I’m talking about. Every few miles there is another turn and another state or local farm-to-market road to try and find. By this time, it was pitch black out.

We were in the hilly countryside west of Branson and Google couldn’t find us—that little circle just kept spinning and spinning and spinning. On occasion, it would talk to us and we’d try to follow its directions, but we missed too much. We were lost. But good!

Lost, then Found

Frustration grabbed us both. Nobody ever wants to get lost and I didn’t think it could get any worse than this. But just then, the double yellow lines in the middle of the road disappeared. Nothing but gravel road ahead as far as the headlights could see!

I think we were about to exchange words; at least neither was smiling at the other. If you’ve ever been lost, I mean really lost in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night—you probably know what we were feeling.

One thing I am sure of, when the yellow stripes run out, turn around! We did. But before proceeding in the opposite direction, we did what we should have done earlier. We grabbed hands and began to pray. God knew exactly where we were (we never get lost from Him) and He would provide the way out.

Before too long, we were pulling up at our destination. God is good. I don’t understand why we do some of the things we do. It should be clear by now that we mustn’t lean on our own understanding, but trust God to teach us right from wrong. Yet by nature, we tend to stray and go our own way. Like children, we want to do it ourselves and refuse to listen to our parents.

Our heavenly Father knows what is best for us. We can save ourselves much agony and frustration by listening to Him and following His instructions. We may have once been lost, but with God, we are now found.

© Word Within International ™
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