Yesterday after work, I had an important meeting concerning a project I am trying to get off the ground before the year concludes. I entered the address in my GPS in my school’s parking lot, checked the details of the route, and proceeded to drive to my destination. About 15 minutes into the drive, I guess I got comfortable with the route because I stopped looking at the turn-by-turn directions and then, I had turned the volume down to where the guide was not being projected through the car speakers as I normally would have it. We all know that GPS instructions can be kind of annoying at times. 🤷🏾♀️
As a result, I took the wrong exit. I noticed that I had taken the wrong exit about a minute after taking it, I guess. I should have taken exit 16 onto Bill Morris Parkway; instead I took exit 15A onto Poplar. Immediately, I turned the volume up and I heard, “Please return to the highlighted route.” “Please return to the highlighted route.” Please return to the highlighted route.”
So at this moment, I am kind of frustrated...and to add to my frustrations, it was 5:00 traffic, I was looking at my phone for directions, horns were honking because I’m driving extremely slow trying to find my way, and then I was faced with the fact that I was going to potentially be late for my scheduled appointment...and truth be told, it was nobody’s fault but mine. I was traveling to an unfamiliar place, in an unfamiliar city (should not be being that I’ve been here for a while 🤷🏾♀️) and I became self-sufficient when I should have been relying on my GPS every step of the way.
Anyway, after much maneuvering, I finally was able to “return to the highlighted route”...as the GPS instructed...and I arrived at my destination. I was a little late, but she understood.
This morning during my quiet time and my reading, yesterday’s experience dropped in my spirit, and the way God used it to minister to me FOR ME blessed me!
READ ON...It will bless you too.
How many times do we seek God for instructions to carry out a vision He has given us? He gives us those turn-by-turn instructions, as my GPS did. We start, and because things seem to be going very well, we become comfortable and dangerously, we start to suffer from self-sufficiency, thinking we can do it on our own, in our own way.
Therefore, we stop relying on God, stop seeking His guidance, and stop acknowledging that we stIll NEED Him just as much as we did in the beginning...before we started. See, had I not entered that address before I left my school’s parking lot, I could not have even started the route. CATCH THAT.
See, the thing with God is He will allow us to venture onto the wrong exit to get our attention...to show us that we can never become comfortable and complacent in Him...to show us that we do not know as much as we think we know...to show us that we desperately NEED Him.
This morning, God spoke TO ME and said, “Erica, you’ve taken the wrong exit because you turned me down...as you did your volume (OUCH)...because you’ve become self-sufficient (OUCH). My daughter, RETURN TO THE HIGHLIGHTED ROUTE.”
Was this just for me? Or is it for you too? If so,
RETURN TO THE HIGHLIGHTED ROUTE...RETURN TO THE HIGHLIGHTED ROUTE...RETURN TO THE HIGHLIGHTED ROUTE...