Have you ever been on your way to a destination and for whatever reason, be it a detour or lack of GPS service, you got totally and completely lost? A few years ago, I was invited to a party in a nearby city in an area I was not familiar with. Like any one with a smart phone, I plugged in the address into the GPS and hit start. Usually upon hitting that button, a voice booms out advising you how to exit your driveway and get on the right road. That part annoys me, but I digress.
For reasons unknown, the voice was silent this time so I checked my media volume to make sure it was up. Still no voice. Well, I’m not a total idiot and still know how to read a map, so I looked at the layout of the map and figured the best route to proceed and I’m off.
The ride was pretty uneventful until I looked at the map and saw the road I was told to turn on had a different name then the one hanging from the traffic signal. I found myself growing a little anxious, unsure if it was the right road, finally deciding that if it was wrong, I could always turn around. I looked at my phone and in my best ‘mother’ voice yelled, “TALK TO ME!”
As though she heard me, the GPS chick found her voice. The rest of the ride was a lot easier because she was there to verbally walk me through each turn until I arrived at my destination.
I think that’s how we are with life sometimes. God’s invited us to His party and given us directions on how to get there, but when our signal is weak and we don’t hear His voice, we become undone. Some pull off the road and refuse to go any further until they hear Him clearly speak, “This is the way! Walk this way!” And some of us read the map, pull out our compass and just keep moving even when we’re not sure.
God told Abram: “Leave your country, your family, and your father’s home for a land that I will show you. I’ll make you a great nation and bless you. I’ll make you famous; you’ll be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse. All the families of the Earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:1-3 Message
Now mind you, Abram had never met God, didn’t know who He was, but did just what He asked and left. He had no GPS, no maps, didn’t know where he was going but still went. He was 75, married to a barren woman, had livestock to care for along the way, but in spite of all that, he went. Why? Because he heard a voice.
Some of you have heard Gods voice but because he didn’t give you step by step instructions, you opted out for a safer more secure plan. Some of you started out but hit opposition, unexpected detours, foggy weather, you felt it unsafe to proceed so you stopped.
But some of you crazy people just kept walking. You wouldn’t be deterred by the weather, the cliffs, the falling rocks, the hidden traps. You kept walking, even when your feet were tired and you just wanted to stay in your comfort zone where all your friends and family were. You traded the familiar for the hope of a future with a God you’ve never seen but know deep down in your heart that He’s alive and has big plans for you.
How do you know when you’ve arrived? How do you even know you’re in the right place? You’ll just know. Just as Abram did, so will you. And regardless if you’ve heard His voice along the way or not, you’re still aware of His presence and are confident in His ability to steer you in the right direction. Psalm 37:23 says that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and He takes great delight in the plans He has for him.
He’s delighted that you’ve chosen to trust Him. He’s excited for the plans He sees for your future. He’s right there watching over you and if you’ll continue to trust Him, He will bless your future even more then you can imagine. Thank you for trusting Him to step out into the vast unknown when you heard His voice.
Father, I’m still walking! I’m still doing! I’m still singing! I’m still talking! I’m still writing! I’m still praising Your Name. I’m still trusting! I’m still at peace! I’m still confident in Your plan even when I’m unsure of myself. It’s in You I live and breathe and have my being. Amen