We recently took a trip into the city and because we’re country folk, we were excited about pulling out the GPS to lead the way.

We plugged in our destination and presto, the journey had begun with detailed instructions kindly offered by a nice man, who we couldn’t see but at each crossroad, showed us the way…

Sometimes though we missed an important instruction because the music was a little loud, or we’d been distracted by our own discussions. But the GPS guy would give us a new instruction to get us back on track… He was a pretty patient guy.

It reminded me, Jesus is … our GPS; he is ‘that guy’!

He knows exactly where we need to be heading and how to get there, and if we’re listening to him in the bible, his instructions are pretty clear.

But of course, there was a point on our journey when the GPS guy was telling us to take a right, and we’d never taken a right at that point before, so we refused to listen and used our own logic instead; we thought we knew better than the GPS guy.

Twenty minutes later stuck in traffic, we hadn’t heard from the GPS guy, maybe he had had given up on us or perhaps we were in too much of a mess because of our own stubbornness?

He knew we were going to hit that traffic jam, even before we knew – he was trying to save us from a whole lot of grief – yet we thought we knew better, we failed to trust, we failed to live by faith.

After Jesus explains to his friends that he is preparing a place for them, Thomas is troubled and says,

 “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” (John 14:5)

Jesus replies,

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)

Jesus is our GPS, our way to the Father, our way to Heaven. Yet many will think they know the way and refuse to trust Him as their GPS, as that guy that speaks to us every step of the way…

No matter how much of a mess we’re in, he’ll never give up; he is ever patient, ever merciful and will not stop the search until all his sheep are found.

Will you make him your GPS?

Nada Appleby attends the Port Kembla and Warrawong Anglican Church.

Nada Appleby