The sky darkened and I tensed, gripping the steering wheel harder as the rain began to fall. I’d done fine on the morning ride to drop my son off for an out of state science class. The route was no different now as I drove to pick him up. But I hate big highways and unfamiliar roads, and the inclement weather just added to my anxiety.
I know. The Bible says be anxious for nothing. I get off track when my vision is fixed on circumstance instead of trusting God. I’m not perfect yet, but that’s okay—I’m His work in progress. I can trust God’s vision for my life, and through prayer, realign myself with His will. You can too.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
The GPS directions to my destination remain the same in the cloudy evening as in the morning’s fair weather. I just need to follow them.
God’s directions don’t change because of fog, or rain, or stormy skies, and unlike a GPS, with God’s positioning system we are never out of range. He knows our location. His eyes and heart are set on us. God sees the way clearly when we cannot. We just need to follow Him.
You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. Psalms 139:2 (NKJV)
And then the temperature gauge on the dashboard shot into the red zone and there I sat roadside for almost four hours. Patiently. (Wow, Lord—that is a miracle!) I keep trying to get away but it’s not working so far this year. Drama keeps intervening. Good thing God is my getaway. He is my refuge and works all things for our good and His glory when our hearts are His.
Sometimes life, like my car, sidelines us and we overheat, blow a gasket and find ourselves stranded roadside in need of rescue and repair. But my God is a restorer, that’s why He likes to show up when things are broken. Sometimes what we view as stalled plans or detours are actually dates with destiny.
Our two day delay resulted in new friendships forged and my son was blessed with the opportunity to complete his chemistry labs in addition to his biology labs with Greg Landry of College Prep Science. I also shared Jesus with people I wouldn’t have encountered otherwise and gained new readers for my blog—like the tow truck operator, the AAA dispatcher and the Lyft driver. It also inspired this post.
Are you anxious, lost, or broken? Jesus is the mind mender, the heart healer. Do you lack direction? Call out to Him. If you’ve taken a wrong turn He is able to reroute your life and steer you in the right direction. There’s no surer route or better companion for this road trip than Jesus, the designer of your destiny.
Did God call you to this journey? If so, stay the course.
“Lord, help me to tune my ears and heart to hear Your still small voice above the clamor and the chaos of this world. Remind me to cast the cares I’m not meant to carry on You, my Creator. I want to shelter in Your presence and peace. Thank You for loving me and directing my path. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”
Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:21 (NASB)
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