Truths from my Sat Nav – part 3

Here is the third instalment of lessons I have learnt from my trusty friend Sally the Sat Nav. If you missed the first two, look here and here.

  • Continue on this road until further instruction

I’m going to be honest here and say that this is the instruction I hate the most.  I know I’m heading toward the right destination and I’m on the right road to get me there – but I want to know what’s next. I’m a ‘what’s next?’ kinda woman.

Apart from my relationship with God the most important thing in my life is fulfilling His purpose for my life. I always have to feel I’m living on purpose. I hate the sense of wandering aimlessly through life. I’ve been put on this planet at this time for a purpose and I want to fulfil it, so I’m constantly asking, “what’s next?”

When God tells me to “stay on this road until further instruction” I really struggle. Perhaps, though, it’s not the lack of instruction thats the problem. Its the fact that it’s “this road”.

I find myself saying, “Really, Lord? This road?

This is a hard road. It’s a mundane road. The scenery isn’t great. It feels so far away from where I want to be.

This road?

This job?

This home?

This bank balance?

This doctor’s report?”

God replies and says, “Yes. This road. I know it’s long and hard but if you stay on it it will be the road that takes you the greatest distance to your destination. What you learn on this road will enable you to be the person you need to be when you arrive.”

So what do we learn on this road? We learn to just keep on driving! We learn faithfulness and patience. We learn the art of work that makes us into a work of art created by the Master. We learn to be thankful for each day that we are able to walk this road because many are denied the same privilege. We learn to appreciate the beauty of each small step. We learn to trust in the last thing God told us without having to know the next thing. We learn to rest in His promise. 

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Truths from my Sat Nav – part 2

  • The route has been calculated

Once I punch in my destination, Sally takes a few seconds and then she says, “The route has been calculated.” The following information then comes onto the screen – the total distance I have to travel and an approximation of the time it should take to get there. Sally has obviously taken into account where I currently am and where I want to be and has calculated in order to get this information. Just like that!

In his word God says the same thing to us. He tells us that his plans for us “are for good and not for evil.” He says that “In his book the days are written for us.” In Ephesians 2:10 is says: “We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which he has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” I read all of these verses and I hear God say, “The route has been calculated.” This brings me such comfort. 

Unfortunately God doesn’t provide the same detailed information that Sally gives me. I do not know how far I have to travel and I don’t know how long it will take me to get there. You see, the journey God takes us on is one of faith. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1). I am not supposed to know every single step of my journey beforehand and exactly how long it will take me to reach my destination.

Throughout scripture this has always been the way God has led his people. Take, for instance, the awesome Abraham – our ‘Father of the Faith.’ God spoke to Abraham and said “Come out from among your people to a land where I shall show you” (Gen 12:1). It says a little later that “Abraham went out not knowing where he was going” (Heb 11:8). 

Despite all this, God still says to me, “the route has been calculated.”  His plans are laid out and and forever settled in heaven. He is gently whispering to me: “I’ve got it sorted, Lisa. This journey is planned and if you listen to me and go where I tell you then you will arrive at your destination.” 

However, sometimes when I type in the address of my destination this message will appear on the screen: ‘ADDRESS NOT FOUND.’ This is usually when it is in some obscure location in the middle of nowhere, off the beaten track, up a country lane, on a minor road. The location exists but not a lot of people usually go there so Sally has trouble locating it. 

There have been times in my journey when I have felt that this message was all I was receiving. It felt like no route was being calculated because there seemed to be no way to get where I wanted to go.

Have you ever felt like that your destiny was like that? You know its there. The desire to serve and make a difference is so strong within you but what you see yourself doing doesnt quite fit the template. The enemy can seem to be screaming in your ear, “address not found!!! You dont fit. You never will. You’ll never get to do what God has put inside of you!” Its so easy to give in to that fear and as a result change your destination address – settle for something more ‘normal’ and easily found. Please can I urge you, do not settle for less than complete fulfilment of all that God has called you to.

It can feel like you’re a jigsaw piece trying to fit in to the jigsaw of your surroundings and you just don’t fit. You find yourself wishing you were a different shape so you could slip in and fill your space, but maybe the issue is not your shape, its the fact that you’ve ben trying to fit in to the wrong jigsaw. We all have pre-determined ideas about our future and where we want to end up but is God trying to shake your view of where you think you fit and direct you to another environment? When you find the right jigsaw then your shape is not a problem.

American poet, Robert Frost, wrote: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.” God will often ask you you travel that same road, the road that is less travelled by the people around you – your friends, family, colleagues, society – but that’s because the journey is what will form you into the person who can fulfil your destiny.