When you're not sure which way to turn

Originally published Friday, 19 September 2014.

Serve only the LORD your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him. Deuteronomy 13:4 (NLT)

“Turn left in 70 metres.”

“At the round about take the third exit.”

My husband and I have been following "Charles", the British GPS voice, wherever he tells us to go for the last few days.

We’ve been driving round tiny one-way roads in Madrid and Lisbon. And somehow finding our way, thanks to "Charles". 

Most of the time, I don’t have a clue where the GPS is taking me but I trust it will get me to my destination.

Yesterday while listening to "Charles" tell us where to go I had this thought that maybe God wants me to follow him as blindly as I follow the GPS.

I think it would be easier to do this if I knew God was a little voice that came out the dashboard and told me to, “drive on the highlighted route.”

It gets a little more complicated when I’m not always sure which way God wants me to turn. 

I can’t just turn the volume up to hear God’s voice. (tweet this)

I find God speaks quietly; mostly I hear God when I lean in.

Some times God’s direction feels more like a tap on the shoulder, than a voice telling me where to go. (tweet this)

And I’m talking about the kind of tap where I turn around and can’t see anyone there who could have touched me.

I don’t know about you but often I get anxious about where God is taking me, and I start asking questions about where the destination is and how much longer it will take. 

I realised as I drove that maybe instead of worrying so much about working out where God is directing me I should rather just trust God to guide me one turn at a time. 

Almost all of the time I can’t see the route God has mapped out for me but I’m learning to trust that he will help me find my way on unfamiliar roads.

Ponder: Do you ever wish God’s voice was more audible? Do you think that would help you to obey it?

Pray: Lord, draw me closer to you so I can hear your direction. 

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