I used to think following driving directions was easy. I mean, when you're a kid and have a mom like mine, everything looks easy. But then I learned to drive.
When I first started driving, I was HOR-RI-BLE at following directions. Even when I upgraded from using Mapquest (throwback!) to a GPS system, I would still often get lost 👀.
It didn't make any sense to me.
One day, when I was living in Baltimore, I planned to have dinner with a few friends at Mo's seafood restaurant in Baltimore city. I wrote down a few notes and thought I had a good idea of how to get there.
Well, I'm not exactly sure what went wrong, but after driving for about 30 minutes, I found myself lost and panicking. So, I hysterically called my mom and tried to describe where I was to her.
She busted out laughing and said, "Maggie, you're right down the street from the house!" Wait, what? 😲 How could I be where I started?
I told you I was horrible at following directions!
My mom, who's always been amazing with directions and everything else in life, knew exactly how to get me to the restaurant and directed me there one step at a time.
You see, I couldn't get to Mo's on my own. I needed someone who knew the way to guide me.
God has already planned the purpose for your life, and you can't get to the destination He desires for you to go to on your own. You need Him to guide you along the way.
"The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way."
- Psalm 37:23
It can be stressful trying to figure everything out, but God never intended for us to do that. Proverbs 3:5 tells us to trust in the Lord with all our heart and not to lean to our own understanding.
Only God is all-knowledgeable, and He wants us to rely on His infinite wisdom to guide our lives.
Just as you trust a GPS to get you where you need to go, when you trust in God with all your heart, He will be the GPS of your life. And unlike faulty technology, He will never steer you the wrong way.
God always knows what’s best for us even when we don’t understand what He’s doing.
Even when we have Google Maps navigating for us and a full list of all the directions, we can only make one turn at a time. But each turn is equally important to get us to the destination.
God wants to guide you turn by turn. But just like following directions in a car, if you take a detour or try to skip a step, you can wind up lost.
"The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." - Isaiah 58:11
But God is so merciful. Even if you somehow manage to take a wrong turn along the way, He will always be there waiting for you to call on Him so He can steer you back to the right path.
When I first started this blog two and a half years ago, it was completely different. I didn't want it to be a "religious thing" because I wanted to cater to a broad audience.
Notice how I kept saying what I wanted. When you're following God, it's not about what you want, it's about what He wants to do through you.
I took a wrong turn, and God redirected my path.
A year later, I changed the focus and name of the blog to allow God to use every area of my life for His purpose.
Sometimes, I don't know what to write about until a couple hours before I send the post, but God has never failed to give me a message.
Sunday nights are typically when I write my blog posts. Well, when Sunday night came, I had no message. Last night, I wrote something but I knew that it wasn't what God wanted me to write about—I had no peace.
As God is my witness, this morning at 7 am, He gave me today's message just for you, and I wrote it down immediately.
He will always come through for you.
So, where do you go from here?
You wait on God to tell you the next step. And the next one. And the next one.
Keep trusting God for the next step, because the truth is, you’re exactly where He needs you to be.
What's one thing you got from today's message?
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You were born to do great things. Wait on God to show you the next step.