The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a gadget I’m especially thankful for due to my lack of general directional skills. Gratefully, I’ve had the GPS my whole driving life, but long before the GPS was around lived the map, and before that, the compass.
Earlier this week a thought came to me seemingly out of nowhere, that the difference between a map and a compass is that while the first gives you in depth instructions on how to get to your destination, a compass gives you only the correct direction to arrive there. These last few months have been what I can explain as a “compass season” in my life.
You see, sometimes I want to know the whole plan. I strive to know the details and force fit all the pieces in my head together to try to figure out the end game. However, this only leads to worry, confusion, and sometimes sadness or me feeling overwhelmed when I can’t seem to find the right answer or formula. The problem is, you don’t ask the quarterback to explain to you what play he’ll call in the 3rd quarter or why when you’re seven minutes into the game. You just trust that he’ll make the right call. This is the heart I’m growing into having with my Jesus.
What I do know is that “Jesus is my strength and shield and He will never fail me”, and that He knows and has all the answers when all I have is questions. That He has my best interest in mind. That His dreams for me are better than my own and that He is more than all I could ask or imagine. I do not have to figure out for myself what’s next and why and who and where and how it all fits together. I actually can’t. And I also don’t need to expect Him to show me all those details right now. I simply need to lock eyes with Him and abide in Him. HE is all I need. Not His plan, not His answers. HE is ALL I NEED. While worry (ultimately unbelief) only breeds anxiety, unrest, despair, and desperation, trust and belief in the One True King brings PEACE, REST, and LIFE ABUNDANT. My Compass has shown me True North and calibrated me to it, as He has set my heart on Him. I know what I am called to right now, and that’s got to be enough for me. He’s never given me any reason not to trust Him. HE HAS NEVER ONCE FAILED ME. I can’t speak for God, and why He chooses not to show me the whole game plan and the times when I need to merge in 690 miles I can’t say for sure, but I have come to think it’s because it wouldn’t be best for me and He knows that. Knowing every part of my future right now would scare my hair straight. It would terrify me more than likely. I’m not ready to know all that. God PREPARES me for my future through my present. It would be unhealthy for me to know the plan before I have the trust, the courage, the faith, and the tools to handle it yet. He creates steps and seasons and lets us learn lessons in our lives for a reason. Some of those reasons, I believe, are to prepare us for the next step or season.
God is good, all the time. In all His ways. In the timing He choose reveals things to me. In the times He leads me as a compass and the times He guides me as my map. Who am I to question the map writer? There is a perfect peace that transcends all understanding in simply trusting the One who knows. I trust You Lord, “help me in my unbelief.”
By Bri photo cred: Pablo Garcia Saldana
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