On Memorial Day weekend, I went to visit my family back home in Jacksonville, FL. It was a wonderful trip filled with love, laughter, theme parks and quality time. On that Sunday, my mom had to minister in song in Palatka, FL for their Blue Crab Festival. I decided to ride along to support her. Palatka is about 45 minutes away from Jacksonville, so it’s a pretty decent ride to sneak a nap in since it was so early in the morning. My mom had an idea of how to get there, but we had the GPS on our phones just in case. We weren’t in the car for a full five minutes before my mom told me to type the address in the GPS.
As we were driving getting ready to get on the express way, the GPS was taking us another route that was not too familiar with my mom. She said, “I don’t know why it’s taking us this way when Palatka is on I-95”. So instead of following where the GPS was taking us, she decided to take her own route. I laughed because I knew how this was going to end up. I knew we were going to eventually get lost and need the GPS to reroute us.
We indeed got lost.
When we got to I-95, the GPS rerouted us again. This was the third time by this point. I said, “Mom, we are going to be late if it continues to reroute us. Let’s just follow what the GPS is telling us to do.” She finally agreed with me.
Once we finally decided to obey where the GPS was telling us to go, a word from God hit me and made me ask a question.
How many times do we as believers think we have it all together and know the way to take when God is trying to tell us to go another route? Or maybe we know what God is telling us to do or understand the vision He has for us, but think we don’t need any help to get there.
I started to reflect on my own life during the rest of the drive to Palatka. Sometimes we make it harder on ourselves during our journey when we don’t listen. Sometimes we go through unnecessary troubles and hardships to reach a destination when God already made it a smooth journey from the beginning! Why do we do this? We think we know what to do without seeking God first and in the end it makes it harder for us!
Oh but we serve a God that will still reroute us when we mess up and try to do it on our own! When my mom and I finally decided to follow the GPS, the time took longer for us to get to Palatka. What could’ve been a 45 minute trip, took us over an hour to get there. If you know me personally, you know I HATE BEING LATE! It is my biggest pet peeve in life. But once we got to our destination, God spoke to me. God is so merciful that even when we do think we can do a task without Him, He still shows us grace when we decide to give it all to Him! It will take us longer to get there since we weren’t obedient to Him the first time, but we will still get there!
Trust me, I’ve been there before when I’ve rushed God and thought I could do it all on my own and ended up having to surrender it all to Him. I thank God for not giving up on me during those times when I was trying to go my own way. He won’t give up on you either! If you are currently trying to do your own thing and go your own way without God’s help then you need to stop, repent and ask for forgiveness. It’s never too late! He will reroute you to the right direction and you will reach your destination. God is a great God! You may get rerouted, but don’t take it as a punishment. Learn some things while you’re being rerouted.