Okay, friends story time. Gather around. It became abundantly clear to me earlier in the week that we sometimes have no choice but to trust God.
Alright. So, earlier last week, I was doing a little traveling for my job. Where I was going wasn’t too much off the beaten path. But, since I wasn’t familiar with the area, had to be at the place at a particular time, and didn’t want to miss a turn, I did what many of us do these days. I punched the address right into the Maps app on my phone and let Siri lead the way.
Siri, The Navigator
Now, full disclosure. When I got to the point that I needed directions, I barely had service. Just enough to connect to the LTE and get the address plugged in and directions loaded up. According to the app, I had just enough time to get to the destination, too.
So, naturally, I didn’t examine the map all too closely.
So, here I go. Driving down the road fully expecting Siri to take me out to the main highway and get me to where I needed to go.
“Make a left in 900 feet.”
Okay, Siri. A left it is. Imagine, friend, if you will. That this left Siri had me making turned onto an unmarked county road. I live in the backwoods of the middle of no where. I know the majority of county roads aren’t marked. And that’s fine. Eventually, you’ll get to the main road. And then the main highway.
So, I wasn’t nervous.
That is, until suddenly the road turned into a super narrow gravel road that resembled someone’s driveway and not an actual road…
And wouldn’t you know. No service to re-route the map.
I had two options.
- I could put the car into reverse, back it out of there, get back to a spot with cell service, and find a different way. Which would’ve made me late to my appointment. Or….
- I could trust that Siri knew where she was taking me and just keep going on the sketchy-gravel-road-that-looked-like-a-driveway.
Here’s where you guess, friend, which option I chose….
I chose option 2. And on the drive up the mountain, down the mountain, and back up again, something spoke to my heart. “There’s a lesson here, Cassie.”
And I know, I hear you. “Cassie, you’re crazy! Why didn’t you just back up and choose a different route?”
When You Have to Trust God
Well, if you’ve ever been in the car with me driving, you know I don’t have the greatest back up skills. And I really mean, I’m just terrible at backing up. So, I knew that if I backed up on the curve I was in, I’d either get the car in the ditch and wouldn’t have help to get it out. Or, I’d hit something and cause damage to the vehicle.
Since the car wasn’t mine, that wasn’t an option.
So, I figured, “Well, I don’t have service. I’ve got the trust Siri knows the way.”
And, that’s about when it hit me. Why can I so easily trust Siri, a computer generated thing made my man, but question God when the path He has me on looks nothing like I think it should?
You see, the roads I was traveling on were windy. They were bumpy. Full of potholes. And the roads were pretty much desolate. But, eventually, I did reach the other side and got to a place of comfort. (Ironically, the destination I was traveling to was the Comfort Inn.)
It kind of hit me while I was driving that the path God asks us to walk down and the one He promises will lead to great things is often the same way. Bumpy. Full of potholes. And sometimes, desolate.
God Knows the Way
I, myself, have found myself asking God what in the world His plan for me is. I especially start to question Him when I get to a place in the road that looks like I’m utterly and totally lost. I’ve pleaded with Him to give me a different path. And I’ve asked for different directions. Sometimes, I’ve gotten no as an answer. And others, I simply had no choice, but to trust that He knows what He’s doing.
Friend, I can’t make promises about Siri. But, I know God will never, ever lead you wrong. You may feel like you know the destination, but the way God is getting you there is wrong and out of sorts.
Spoiler: if He is leading, the path isn’t the wrong one.
Keep your head up and keep walking. The path may be bumpy. It may be full of holes. And it make take you up a mountain, down a mountain, and back up a mountain again.
But, one thing is for sure. The final destination will be oh, so sweet when you get there.