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Topic: Guidance
Scripture: Psalm 23:1-2; John 10:14, 16
Author: Mitchell Dillon

While traveling with my adult son, I asked him to Google directions to our destination. As the voice commands on Google Maps began to direct us, I become concerned. It had us turning to proceed in exactly the opposite direction of where I knew we needed to go. When I mentioned this to my son, he didn’t seem the least bit concerned.

“But what if it’s wrong?” I asked.

“It won’t be wrong” he explained. “Sometimes Google anticipates traffic jams and sends you around them. Go ahead and follow the prompts.”

Sure enough, after a short detour, we were heading in the right direction and arrived at our destination.

No wonder so many sing the praises of Google Maps! In fact, that praise might go something like this:

A Psalm for Google Maps

Google Maps is my shepherd;
I shall never lose my way.
It makes me lie down in the plushest hotels,
and leads me to the finest restaurants.
It guides me along the right route
for punctuality’s sake.
Yea, though I travel through the shadows of urban high rises,
I will fear no break downs,
for you provide quick access to roadside service.
Surely GPS tracking will follow me
all of the days of my life.
And I will rely on my Google Maps forever.

Application:

Clearly, my tech savvy son had a lot more faith in Google Maps than I did. I would have much preferred to have turned in the direction that made more sense to me, to have heeded my own instincts. Of course, doing that would have driven us right into a traffic jam!

All of this raises an important question. Do you have as much faith in God as you have in Google Maps? How do you respond when God suddenly redirects your life, sending you in what seems to be the wrong direction?  Do you rest in the confidence that every turn is purposeful–that God is taking all things into consideration as He guides you through life? If Google deserves that kind of trust, what about the Good Shepherd?

“The Lord is my shepherd … he leads me beside peaceful streams” (Psalm 23:1-2, NLT).

“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me … They will listen to my voice ….” (John 10:14, 16).

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