Direction/Guidance, Focus, Listening, Obedience

Driving While Distracted

“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” (Psalm 25:4-5 NIV)

My drives back and forth to college were always pretty interesting to say the least. The 831 mile trip is pretty tedious and most of the time I completed the drive alone. After analyzing the 101 paths I could take after graduation, I decided to go home for a short period of time. I packed my car and was ready to hit the road. This drive was routine to me so I knew the route like the back of my hand.  After 180 miles into my trip, I realized my GPS was sending me a different way. In a panic, I checked my navigation to make sure I typed in the correct destination. In the beginning of the trip I was extremely focused. I followed the instructions carefully and was making progress. About 450 miles into the trip I began to get bored so I picked up the phone to call a friend. As I was running my mouth, I missed my exit. “Darnit!” I yelled. “Girl let me get off this phone so I can pay attention to this road.” I went about 30 miles out of the way. I got back focused until 100 miles later when boredom began to creep up again. I shuffled my iPod and the turned the music as loud as it could go. I was jamming! I missed a merge and was driving 60 miles on the wrong highway before I realized I was going in the wrong direction. My GPS was rerouting for over 40 minutes but I was so distracted by the music that I was not paying attention. “This is ridiculous,” I thought to myself. Now I’ve added an extra 180 miles before I reach my destination. When have we done this in our lives?

“A man’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way?” (Proverbs 20:24 NIV)

Are you letting that relationship distract you from God’s guidance? Are you letting that one boring class plant the seed that school isn’t for you anymore? Are you letting your “ways” set you farther away from receiving everything God has for you? Are you allowing God to be the GPS in your life?

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. (Psalm 32:8 KJV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for never letting me stray too far down the wrong path. I thank You for rerouting my life to get me to my destination. I pray for a spirit to discern traps, distractions and/or anything that is not of my destiny. Keep me and guide me because the safest place in the whole wide world is in Your will. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to remove the distractions from your life. Stay focused on the path that God has laid out for you even when it gets a little mundane. Trust that He knows what’s best for you and will never steer you in the wrong direction.

Have you allowed life’s distractions to take you off the path God laid out for you? How did you get back on track?

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Divine GPS


Ms. Chaunte’ Tate is a recent graduate of North Carolina A&T University with a degree in Journalism. She is currently preparing to begin her law school education in New York. She is passionate about the spiritual advancements of all followers of Christ. Her favorite scripture is Proverbs 1:7: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”


2 thoughts on “Driving While Distracted”

  1. Right on Time! The message title gave me so much clarity before I even read the message. It’s simple…regain focus and pay attention, because what GOD has for me is just for me!
    Thank you for sharing!

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