Mitchell Dillon once told about a time him and his adult son was traveling. During the trip he asked his son to Google directions to their destination. As the voice commands on Google Maps begin to direct them, he became concerned because it had them turn to proceed in exactly the opposite direction of where he knew they needed to go. When he mentioned this to his son, he didn't seem the least bit concerned.
"But what if it's wrong?" Mitchell asked.
"It won't be wrong" his son explained. "Sometimes Google anticipates traffic jams and sends you around them. Go ahead and follow the prompts."
Sure enough, after a short detour, they were heading in the right direction and arrived at our destination.
Clearly, his tech savvy son had a lot more faith in Google Maps than he did. He would have much rather turned in the direction that made more sense to him, to have heeded his own instincts. Of course, doing that would have driven them right into a traffic jam.
All of this raises an important question. Do you have as much faith in God as you have in Google Maps? How do you respond when God suddenly redirects your life, sending you in what seems like the wrong direction? Do you rest in the confidence that every turn is purposeful--that God is taking all things into account as He guides you through life? If Google deserves that kind of trust, how much more should the Good Shepherd?
"The Lord is my shepherd ... he leads me beside peaceful streams" (Psalm 23:1-2, NLT).
"I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me ... They will listen to my voice ...." (John 10:14, 16).