Since my husband and I pretty much live out on the road, driving from venue to venue, maps are a huge part of our life. We have a rather advanced GPS, that is geared towards those of us who drive big rigs – I’m sure you innately know that our massive trucks cannot maneuver into some areas. There’s places where the overpasses are too low for us to safely get through, and there’s also some bridges that are not built to accommodate the amount of weight that we often carry (it can be up to 80,000 pounds – or over 36,000 kg), and there are certain roads from which we are restricted to use. Not only do we have our GPS, we also have a rather big road atlas that contains a wealth of information that operators of semi-trucks need to have available. And, of course our phones have interactive maps – we tend to use Google Maps quite a bit, as we can also get satellite views of the streets so that we can see the best way to approach a truck entrance to our venues, and of course real-time traffic status.
If we cannot safely maneuver on the roads, whichever Broadway show, ballet production, or orchestra’s instruments that are in our trailer, will not make it to their destination. And, without those things that we have in our trailer, “the show cannot go on.” So, arriving at the right place, at the right time, with everything in optimum condition is vital. We need to be efficient, and we need to be able to maneuver around the roads in a safe manner. We couldn’t do that without the assistance of our routing tools – our GPS and maps. One wrong turn can cost us a lot of time, and waste a lot of fuel. Not paying attention to the maps and GPS directions, especially in unfamiliar areas, can indeed be costly, and perhaps even dangerous.
Planning, mapping, and routing our journey is not only vital when you are taking a trip, it’s also a significant thing to do within your life – especially in your relationship with God. Each of us were created by God, and He placed within us a “conscience” – an inner sense of right and wrong that guides us towards certain actions. I like to think of our conscience as a inner warning system. And, once I became a child of God, and placed my faith, and my life, in my Lord and Savior Jesus’ hands, that conscience was enhanced with the addition of the Holy Spirit. In an instant, my life became transformed.
No, I didn’t have any great saving conversion experience the likes that Paul had on the road to Damascus. But, even so, God has transformed my life none-the-less. My relationship with God is a work in process, I am a work in process. God is molding and shaping me to better reflect the image of His perfect Son. I have a long, long way to go, I have experienced many road blocks, a few traffic tie-ups, and even an accident or two along the many twists and turns on my personal road map. But, when I look back, I clearly see where God has taken me, and how He’s transformed my life for the better. My road map? The Bible, the Holy Spirit, prayer, reflection, interaction with other godly people, and immense gratitude for the unending mercy of God. What’s your roadmap?
“The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” (1 Timothy 1:5, ESV)
Believing God, trusting God, adoring God, walking with God, growing with God, confessing to God, talking with God, listening to God, learning with God – it’s the Heart of the Journey ❤️