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.

Truths from my Sat Nav – Part 1

satnavI have a very close friendship with my sat nav or my GPS, depending on where in the world you are reading this. We have been on countless journeys together. Each one I’ve had has had a different name – my first was named May after May McFetridge. A few other names are Molly and Sadie. My current sat nav is called Sally.

Anyway, the point of this blog is not to tell you the names of my sat navs but rather to tell you the truths I have learned from the journeys I have been on and the instructions I have been given. These have been hard lessons to learn and have meant that the journeys have been perhaps longer than they needed to be so I hope you read these following posts and learn from them so that you don’t have to make the same mistakes I have made.

* Add your destination

As useful as a sat nav is, it is of no use to us unless we have some sort of clue as to where we want to end up. We need to know where we intend to go before we can harness it’s power. All that technology is useless unless we know where we want our final destination to be.

Do you know where you want to go? Have you got a sense of your destiny? Even if you don’t know where it is or how to get there – the very least you need is a sense of the need to go somewhere – to not just be stuck in this same rut you have been in all your life.

You don’t have to stay where you are.

God has big plans for you. it is in this area that the Word of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit is far superior than a sat nav. When you dn’t know where you want to go you can go to God’s Word and He will speak to you and show you where He wants you to go. Then He shows you how to get there. As you are praying, the Holy Spirit places desires in your heart and then gives you the strength to fulfil those desires. So if you don’t know where you want to go get into His presence, seek His heart and He wont be long in planting a sense of destiny within you.

The List

The to-do list is always how I have pictured my purpose and destiny. It’s like God had a to-do list for me. I pictured meeting Him in heaven with His list in His hand and I would see how many items were ticked off. I don’t think that’s a bad way to think of it.

However, up until now I’ve had a very narrow idea of what was on that list. I imagined the list to be full of what we term ’spiritual’ exploits like preaching, writing, church serving. Imagined “write a book” to be on that list and I’m glad to say that I’ve ticked that off.

Over the past couple of years I have learnt that list is longer and much more comprehensive and than I first thought. It’s full of little intricacies that I never imagined.

Items such as:

* “spend the day with your niece on the beach”

* “call out to see your friend”

* “offer support to one of you visually impaired work clients”

* “take the day and just rest”

* “pursue my presence above all”

* “Learn to be a good friend”

* “Be diligent in preparing your end of month work reports”

* “Be thankful in all situations”.

These items are all in there. These are all actions God had planned for me to do before the world was even formed, just like it says in Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Before this season I didn’t realise these were items on the list and because of that I felt this was a very inactive, unfruitful season. However in this time I’m happy to say I’ve ticked a lot more of these kinds of items off the list so, looking back, I can see this season has not been wasted.

Update

It’s been a while since I wrote on this blog – nearly a year, in fact. So I thought I would start with a little update. As you know I completed and released my book at the end of last year. It had been a 4 year project and at the end of it I had absolutely no margin left for marketing or promotion. Of course this is the wrong way to go about it – I should have been super excited to get the message of the book out to as many people as possible but I was all out of enthusiasm. I wondered at times if I would ever write again. However what I needed to do was rest and rest I did. God has allowed me to enjoy a year of fun and friendship and most importantly the pursuit of His presence. All this has gone great ways in restoring my soul.

So what now?

I feel God is slowly starting to wake me up from my rest. Words are coming to me again along with the passion to share them. But this will be a slow process and decisions will be made very slowly. I still need to feel like I need to process everything I’ve learned so watch this space!

Lisa Jane

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Holy Saturday – the day in between

It’s Holy Saturday. The day in between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
The ‘in-between’. We don’t like it much do we? I’m sure the disciples didn’t like it either. They had the horror of the cross behind them and the promise of the resurrection ahead of them but today they had to wait. Why? I’m sure Jesus was just as able to rise on Saturday as he was on Sunday. I believe God wanted to teach them – and us – something today.
We tend to have a ‘what’s next?’ attitude. We live in a ‘what’s next?’ world.
But God want to teach us that after what’s next is the in-between.
The majority of our lives is journey and not arrival. It is process before promise. There is purpose in the process.
As I’m writing this I’m sitting in the sun loving the life God has given me. I am thankful for Holy Saturday – the day in between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
The in-between. Let’s learn to love it because I’m learning that we spend most of our lives there.