Us: okay GPS, where am I going?
GPS: In 100 feet…signal lost.
Us: Seriously? How is that even possible!? I thought GPS covered everything!
GPS: Recalculating. In 300 feet, make a sharp U-turn.
Us: Um, is that legal? *Makes a likely illegal u-turn* Okay, now what?
GPS: Continue on this road for …
Us: Did that sign say detour? Wait, is this road closed? Oh my gosh, you’ve gotta be kidding me.
At this point, most of us would have a deep, primal need to chuck the GPS out the window while driving 90 mph. Except we would probably get fined for littering and then tossed in jail for speeding and driving like a lunatic (because we accidentally took out a few cones back there).
Sometimes this is how life feels.
God is my GPS, and yet so often when I’m looking for a direction in life, the signal seems to get lost. I want a detailed map of where to go, how long it will take, if there will be twists and bumps, and where my destination will be.
Unfortunately, God doesn’t often give us turn-by-turn directions. He also doesn’t give us the destination, which can be frustrating beyond belief!
My life has been a twisty roadmap lately. In April, I lost my job due to changes in the company I worked for. I won’t lie, being replaced by a computer system hurts. I left a job in a place I believed in, left friends, and a life I had grown comfortable with.
I got a temp job for six months. My husband and I wanted to build a home, but because I’m now a “temp worker,” we can’t get a loan.
Well, that six months of temp work ended, so I applied for another temp position. They decided not to fill it. Yet another temp position wanted to hold off interviews. I applied for a full time position with the same company. The position went to someone “more qualified.”
At this point (early this afternoon), I’m frustrated and upset, and I want to know where the heck God wants me to go. I mean, what’s the point of all this?
I may have cried a little, and so many thoughts raced through my mind: maybe I’m just not good enough, why can’t I just get things right? I should just give up because it’s pointless. Nobody really wants me.
Slam on the breaks: wait, what?
When feeling frustrated and discouraged, it’s so easy to fall into those thought traps. And that’s exactly what they are: traps. They lock us in so tight that we can’t see a way out.
So I opened my bible app – Abide (fantastic app, by the way) – and dove into God’s word. (Not the easiest thing, considering how frustrated I am with Him at the moment).
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
—–God isn’t going to leave me stranded in the middle of nowhere. He’s working on my behalf even if I can’t see it right now.
but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
——It might seem like the signal is lost, but God is listening. Reach out.
I have for you,” declares the , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
with all your heart
——Sometimes this is the hardest part. But God does have plans for His people.
I don’t know what God has planned for me. Not what I had planned, that’s for sure. All we can do in these times of uncertainty is trust in Him. He has a path for each of us, and we just have to be ready to turn the wheel and go that way when He nudges.
If you’re in a similar situation, my heart goes out to you. But don’t lose faith.