But sometimes we don't think we need all that. We are out for a long drive or perhaps had a meeting in a city across the state from our home town and we decide we are hungry. We think it shouldn't be that hard to find something somewhere so we start looking.
"O, I think I see golden arches that direction, maybe all the restaurants are there."
But no that's only fast food and "I'm hungry for something good."
"Well, this looks like it might lead downtown. I'm sure they've got something down there."
"All I see is Mexican. I think I was hungry for something else this time."
Little by little, you cover the whole town never finding exactly what you want and getting lost and finally stopping at McDonald's because it's easy, it's fast and it's "cheap".
Do we live life the same way?
I was made for greatness. I know the call on my life is great and amazing! I will be a history-maker and a world changer and I can't wait to do it. Let's see, I think I see what will lead to greatness this way. Well, that wasn't exactly what I was looking for. How about down this road. It just doesn't seem to fit somehow. And eventually, we get lost and find ourselves dejected, with hopes deferred, settling for far less that we set out looking for.
What would happen if we stop in the beginning and decide on a desired location in a desired city. This of course would be a matter of prayer and trust. James 3 promises us wisdom if we ask. So why not try it? Once we have a vision, the Word encourages us to make the vision plain- to write it down. We've heard that before haven't we? People die for lack of vision. We see an oasis, and oh, we long for it. But if we just head out across the desert rather than asking and finding that there's a spring just across that sand dune- we just might perish in our search.
So go ahead, plug in the destination and wait for the GPS (God's Personal Spirit) to hook you up with step by step instructions.
Once you have a plan, the only thing left to do is begin moving. Follow the plan step by step, day by day, turn by turn. Sometimes you may have to stop to rest or get a drink or somebody has to use the restroom. At those times it's always helpful to hit the "reset button" and recalculate with current location. Sometimes we are tempted to just lean on our own understanding and head back for the interstate and we wonder why we get confused. But it can really be that simple to stop and ask for directions.
Just remember the closest distance between two points is a straight line. The more times you stop to see the scenery or take in the local attractions, the longer it will take to reach your desired location. If you decide to turn off your GPS and just see what you can see, it may not take long to get off track. Let Him keep you on the path. Follow the daily plan and stick to it until "You have arrived at your destination." and hear "Well done, good and faithful servant!"