I have no sense of direction and rely on my GPS often. Jim spent years on the road (pre GPS technology) and never thinks of such helps.
We were going on a date to see a friend in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” playing in a small town not to far from where we live.
“Do you know how to get there?” I asked. “I don’t know where the theater is,” was the reply. I grabbed the GPS out of my car and plugged it in to our chariot and got ready for a night on the town! As we backed out of the driveway “Gwhen” (if it’s a silent “g” it’s “when” as in “when will we be there?!”) started giving directions. Impatiently, Jim said, “Can you turn that thing off? I don’t want to listen to her! I know how to get to Jonesville and just need to know where we’re going when we get there!”
When we approached Jonesville, Gwhen helped us find the theater. We enjoyed the play, and my friend turned in a super performance. A delightful date night!
The next morning in my devotions, I read Psalm 119: 1-8
You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. You’re blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. That’s right—you don’t go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. You, God, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it.
Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping to the course you set; Then I’d never have any regrets in comparing my life with your counsel. I thank you for speaking straight from your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways. I’m going to do what you tell me to do; don’t ever walk off and leave me.
It hit me! Do I say, “I don’t want to listen to you now! I know how to get where I’m going! I just need you at the end!” Just as Jim didn’t want to listen to directions to help us get to our destination, I sometimes don’t want to listen to God’s promptings and challenges for living my “today.” Perhaps “the end” isn’t the goal, but it’s the “getting there!”