In order to prevent a mad rush to the test I planned my route thoroughly the night before. I was going to get up at a certain time, drive to the train station, catch a particular train and arrive at Macquarie University with time to spare!
On the day of the test everything went according to plan, but I over looked one small, but very important detail: parking availability at Hornsby station on a Friday morning. Needless to say I missed the train I was meant to take. Although I have only been to the University once before (guided by my GPS) I decided to drive in order to save time.
Normally, a hiccup like that won't faze me much because my smart phone is very clever at getting me out of these situations by providing me with updated information about trains and other possible routes I can take. This time however, I had no mobile data available on my phone and I had to rely on the sun and the stars and my photographic memory (or lack thereof) to get me to my test on time.
I reached the University quite easily, almost too easily, and I was on time for my test – I believe it was a miracle! I was so happy because I didn't need my phone to get to my destination that day, I felt very proud that my 'caveman senses' were still reliable enough for my survival.
My guardian angel must be a very fit being because I don't think it is an easy task to watch over me. I arrived at the testing centre with time to spare so I used this time to reflect on life. I realised how much I relied on my phone to show me the way to my destinations. I put all my trust in it and I follow its directions blindly without question because I know it has all the information it needs to show me to my destination, all I need to do is enjoy the ride.
The best is when I find myself driving down a free way with no turn around point for kilometres to come because I was day dreaming and missed the exit and my fuel tank is running on empty... luckily, if I should ask my phone where the nearest petrol station is, it will be able to direct me to it no problem. I just have to ask the right question and listen to the answer.
Now, if only I could find a GPS for life, one that tells me what to choose when difficult life choices need to be made. Something that tells me where I will end up if I follow its directions, but I do! The Bible is my GPS for life. Only, I never use it to get answers because I feel I am never answered when I ask a question. I never get the answer I am looking for. So I have learnt to trust my own way instead. It is not the best way I will add, I tend to wind up on that free way without fuel more often than I'd like.
The answer I am looking for
How can I use the Bible as a GPS for life then? I want to. It makes sense. God is much more knowledgeable than my smart phone this is fact! His Word is written in the Bible so all I need to do is follow it blindly. I think I find it hard to do this because I am looking for a specific answer. An answer I would like to hear. It is easy with a GPS because I get the answer I want from it, but with God I don't really want to hear the answer because I know it is not the one I want.
It is human, I think, to want. It is silly to think how much time I have wasted wondering what I should do when the answer is clear in my head and in the Bible, I should follow God. What is the purpose of pretending not to understand the answer and continuing on with the search. I won't find a different one, I am just delaying the inevitable. The sooner I manage to ask God the right questions and follow the answer blindly, the better.
Using my GPS for life
From now on I will challenge myself to get the correct answer to a question I have by opening my Bible and treating it like a GPS. Firstly, I will pray so God can open my heart and mind to receive His guidance. Second, I will pose the question and lay it at His feet. Third, I will open my Bible and read the passage that was chosen for me by Him and lastly I will listen and obey blindly.
He knows the way, He is the way and He will get me to where I want to be I just need to put all my trust and faith in His hands. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,"
Leanne van Rensburg was born in 1988 and grew up on a farm in a small town in South-Africa. After school she chose a career in science and obtained degrees in biotechnology and microbiology. She moved to Australia in 2012 and is currently working as an oncology technician in Sydney. Family, friends, horses, photography and travelling are a few things that add value to her everyday life. She is a adventurous person that loves taking risks and trying new things. Writing comments for Christian Today is one of her latest undertakings.
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