The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. (Psalm 23:1 NLT)
I was on my way to a dinner when I decided that I would take a different route to my destination. I figured that I would get there faster taking a detour, even though I wasn’t exactly sure where the new route would take me. Before leaving, I made up my mind that I knew the roads well enough not to use my GPS. After getting lost, I was still reluctant to use the GPS because my pride convinced me that I could find my own way. Well, after wandering aimlessly for far too long, I swallowed my pride, pulled out the GPS, keyed in my destination and arrived 30 minutes late.
At that moment, I was convicted by the Holy Spirit. God showed me how MY STUBBORNNESS HAD PREVENTED ME FROM GETTING TO MY DESTINATION. Of course, my own direction had gotten me most of the way—the GPS rerouted me with only 2 turns—but, most of the way wasn’t the goal! Yet, rather than use the aid designed specifically to help me reach my destination, I chose to rely on my limited knowledge, which resulted in a late arrival.
Similar to my failed attempt to detour, many of us find ourselves lost or late fulfilling our destiny because we are reluctant to follow God’s direction. We are convinced that we can manage on our own; that we have it figured out; or that there’s a better, swifter way. Even though He is readily accessible (just like my GPS), our stubbornness can prevent us from grasping that God is indeed all that we need and that RELIANCE ON HIS GUIDANCE ACTUALLY WORKS IN OUR FAVOR.
Christ wants us to take up our crosses daily and follow Him daily (Luke 9:21 NLT). At times this may seem difficult, lonely, and His way often feels like it takes way too long. Yet, He does not want us to follow Him for His sake. GOD’S PLANS ARE INTENDED TO PROVIDE A SHIELD OF PROTECTION TO ENSURE THAT WE REACH OUR DESTINY. We can’t always see why He guides us as He does but His direction is the safest and most secure. It is up to us to recognize and trust that His ways are wise and best. When we begin to fully trust God, we will understand more clearly what David meant when he declared, “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.” (Psalm 23:1 NLT) David only needed the Lord because he understood that a good shepherd protects his sheep and leads them safely along the right path—“He lets me rest in green meadows, he leads me beside peaceful streams…He guides me along right paths…Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and staff protect and comfort me.” (Psalm 23:2-4 NLT).
Help me to remember that You are the ultimate GPS and that Your direction is purposely designed for my protection. When I’m anxious and feel that my plan is quicker and better, help me to remember your Word which instructs me to “be anxious for nothing.” Father, help me when I’m feeling tired, alone, and even forgotten. Remind me that “the steps of a righteous woman are ordered by the Lord” and that Your divine plan and wisdom are intended to “prosper me and not harm.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Today I EMPOWER you to trust God! Have faith that God’s direction is designed specifically to help you reach your destiny and know that His way is filled with divine protection. I EMPOWER you to run your course with patience, perseverance, and, most important, with our Lord. Always use your GPS (God’s Protective Shield)!
P.S. Study Exodus 13:21 and notice how God does not direct Israel through the main or shortest route, because He knew that they may get discouraged and abandon the promise. He takes them through a lonely, dry area but, with His direction, they reach the place that God destined for them.
Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” Psalms 41:11