My GPS & I have a love-hate relationship. It’s complicated and often times, I get way off course — even when I try to follow the directions. I feel like my GPS isn’t clear in it’s directions, sometimes, I’ll swear that it doesn’t even say anything — as if, it expects me to know! And, when it is saying the directions, out of nowhere, it’ll say “Turn left here.” as I breeze on past the intended path.
& then, there are the times when I simply can not fathom not having it — I look forward to the voice telling me that even though I’m lost, right now, it can certainly get me back onto the correct route.
I was driving along the other night and the thought came across my mind, as I was bickering at the GPS about why it couldn’t tell me to turn left 30 seconds BEFORE I drove past my third missed turn… and the thought was simply this… “at least it doesn’t remind you of every single missed turn…” Can you imagine?
“You forgot to turn left 4 miles ago.” “You missed that right, 3 days ago.” “Remember that time you were wandering around lost, for 30 minutes?”
“Remember that one time, when you lied to your mom?” “Four days ago, you made a really bad decision.” “You messed up, again? Really?”
Sometimes, my memory is far better than that of my GPS; it’s as if I can remember every single mistake or wrong turn that I’ve ever made. And, they come up, often.
It’s impossible, sometimes, to move forward when I’m constantly hearing about how I’ve made yet another wrong turn…I can’t hear clear directions when the voice that I’m trying to follow is constantly being drowned out by the sounds of, “remember when you messed up, 2 years ago?”…”Remember that dumb thing you did, 2 weeks ago?”… it’s impossible to hear where I’m supposed to be heading above all of the voices screaming about how I’ve failed, yet again.
There is a reason that the GPS doesn’t constantly go back and remind us of all of our “missed turns” — they don’t matter. They don’t change where we are heading, right now, today. The missed turns and bad choices that we’ve made before, this very second, they don’t matter now.
If we would stop listening to all of the voices in our heads telling us that we’ve constantly make mistakes and listen to God’s voice — the one telling us that we no longer have to make those mistakes — that the only thing we need to focus on right now, is following HIS voice — that He’s willing to give us step by step directions into His perfect plan; He’s willing to guide us to the exact location that He wants us to be in.
& although, I’ll be the first to admit, when we’ve gone really far off from where our original destination was, sometimes, it’s not the easiest route to get back — but God is faithful to provide every single step for us to get back to where we were meant to be in the first place.
We just have to pay attention to the directions; stay focused on the voice, and if/when we miss a turn, we have to choose to allow Him to re-route our paths…
God doesn’t remember our wrong turns, so why should we constantly remember them ourselves? That is not the place that God intends for us to be — He intends for us to be in a beautiful place, a grace-filled place; He intends for us to be surrounded by the truth & not the lies that we’ve learned to cling to.
“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”
Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” (Hebrews 10:16-17)