I admit I’m directionally challenged. I rely heavily on my GPS even when I’m familiar
with routes. I use it because I anticipate the possibility of encountering a blocked road and I know I’d go into panic mode if I don’t have a guide to direct me.
On a few occasions, I missed a turn that quickly came up and I couldn’t get into the right lane. A friendly reminder says and posts the words, “recalculating”. The screen changes: arrows move in a circular motion, streets disappear, and a new route emerges.
As we begin a new year, some of us made a decision to start or stop an activity. Perhaps we chose to live by a word or phrase to frame our choices.
Two weeks into the year, I recalculated. I evaluated and prayed about the moving arrows. I prayed and evaluated the changing route. What do I eliminate and what will that mean? The screen changed. My familiar streets disappeared and I looked for the new route. Do I add or replace? Do I sit still? Like last week’s post, do I take a longer season of “Selah”?
Sometimes God has a new and different path for us, one we didn’t expect.
Sometimes we meet an unexpected change.
Sometimes, we stay on a path and confidently wait for His direction to take the next turn.
Sometimes, someone else changes our plans and we have no control over it.
Sometimes we ride for a while, learn what we need to, and then make a “u-turn”.
There is always mercy and grace for each step.
I’m not sure where you are in recalculating. As I shared my decision-making with a wise friend, she turned me toward Matthew 6:33.
Perhaps these scriptures will give you confidence and encouragement, when you are “recalculating.”
But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Psalm 5:11 NIV
Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure. Psalm 16:5 NIV
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8 NIV
How have you met recalculating?