About a week ago I had to drive out to a retail store for a return. I tried to avoid stores during the pandemic by doing all my Christmas shopping online. But one of my purchases was defective and I had to return it in person. In order to avoid other shoppers, I decided to leave my house in enough time to arrive right when the store opened.
As I was leaving my house, I turned on my navigation, even though I knew exactly where I was going and how to get there. I had been to this particular shopping center countless times over the years, but on that day, I wanted to track my arrival time.
As I was driving on my route and listening to music, I really wasn’t paying attention to the voice telling me which way to go. I would just periodically glance at my dashboard for the arrival time to make sure I was on track. During a glimpse, I noticed the system was directing me to go on a route that was different from the one I planned on taking.
Instead of following the navigation’s direction, I went the route I usually followed when going to that store. But as soon as I got off the exit, I immediately had a second thought:
You have a navigation system right here telling you the quickest way to go, so why are you not following it?
Thankfully, there was a way for me to get right back onto the highway and back on the original path that I had been directed to take. As I glanced at the system again, I only lost about a minute of my travel time.
The route I planned to take would have been the fastest way if it were the time of day that I usually traveled that way. But on this particular day I was traveling earlier in the morning than usual, so the traffic patterns were different. I didn’t realize that, but because my navigation had insight into what I could not see or know, its direction gave me the better outcome.
As I continued driving, I thought about how this was really a insignificant example, but how often does that happen in our lives for more important situations that have a life-impacting result?
We each have a personal map called the Bible and the Holy Spirit acts as our navigation system. Just like that computer voice was telling me the best way to go, the Holy Spirit’s voice also guides us, especially when we find ourselves in situations where we don’t know the best choice to make.
And I had a choice to follow what was right there in front of me on that screen, or go the way that I had always gone, because that was the most familiar to me.
Just because we’ve always done something a certain way doesn’t mean it’s the right way or that we should continue to follow that tradition or routine. Especially in today’s extraordinary times.
As we go into 2021, make sure you keep your spiritual navigation system on at all times. The way you may think is best, or the way you’ve always done something may no longer be the right way, no matter what kind of results you’ve had in the past.
As we all know, life is much different from what we’ve known. But no matter what your situation is, the Word of God will always provide the direction you need, and the Holy Spirit’s voice, whether you hear it in your ear, your mind, your heart, or your gut, will always guide you forward in the path that God has for your life.
Times are definitely not normal now.
As we go into 2021, the way we’ve normally done stuff may no longer apply. Are there choices or decisions you have to make about the new year? Have you consulted the Bible, and asked the Holy Spirit to guide you in the choice you should make?
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