A Divine GPS: God’s Pathway Selection
If you know me well, you probably are aware that I am directionally challenged when I get behind the wheel of a car. I love maps and enjoy studying a map, letting that information guide me to my destination. Once I understand the map I usually can find my way back to that same location at a different time. In recent years, I have put aside my paper maps and have become dependent on GPS systems to get me to my destination. Most of the time, this works just fine, but fairly often the GPS doesn’t get me to the exact destination. In fact, my GPS has led me into the middle of the woods more than once – a good distance away from where I wanted to go! A sad side effect of the GPS is that I never learn how to get to this location because I’m letting GPS tell me when and where to turn.
In the past few months, we have been seeking the Lord as a church regarding a possible new location for our church community to meet. We had a destination possibility on Highway 80 and began to take steps in that direction. Before we took the first step, we prayed, asking God to direct us and redirect us if needed. As you know, we kept taking steps, even bringing the decision to, not one, but two votes to discern if we were unified as a community. Once affirmed, the leadership continued to pursue a contract for this new building. We continued to pray, seeking God to direct our path.
Last week, God answered our prayer and redirected our path. Our Divine GPS spoke by putting a “road closed” sign on the pathway leading to the building on Highway 80. When a GPS redirects our paths we can be disappointed (I really wanted to get there!), discouraged (when is God going to answer our prayer?), or relieved (I really didn’t want to go to that destination anyway.).
As a body of believers, I want to encourage each of us to continue to seek God for His guidance as we remain open to His leading us to destinations He chooses. It may not lead to a location change, but it may. It may not be an easy road. In fact, I can guarantee it won’t be. But regardless, it will be HIS path for Longview Christian Church to follow bringing Him glory and giving light to a dark world.
“Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.” – Psalm 25:45 (NLT)