We said our goodbyes. After I pulled out of the driveway, I was soon rolling along on the highway. I turned up the music on the radio, taking in the beauty of the greenery, rivers, and mountains surrounding me. I didn't bother turning on GPS; the area looked familiar enough.
A couple hours into the drive, I saw signs for intersecting highways ahead. The route signs didn't look familiar. Somewhere, I must have gotten off-track. I spotted a place where I could pull over on the side of the road. I picked up my phone to turn on GPS. "Not in Service." Oh, great. There I was, stuck out in the middle of nowhere. I had no phone service, no GPS, and no map.
Why had I relied on what I thought I knew? My own guidance system, which I'll dub as "MOGS," wasn't working. And neither was my phone's navigation system. Double whammy.
I sucked in a deep breath. It would soon be dusk. I didn't know where I was, and I didn't know how I was going to get to my destination. The freeway bypassed the small towns, and I couldn't see them from the road. I had no way of knowing how far away they would be.
Aa tears began to roll down my cheeks, I grabbed for a tissue, and out slid the palm-size Bible I kept in my purse. It was a pivotal moment. Why hadn't I depended on God? He hadn't been in my thoughts when I pulled out of the driveway that morning.
If there was anything I needed right now, it was His help. I needed GPS, but I needed God's version. Perhaps it should be called "God's Positioning System." Desperate, I bowed my head--and prayed.
It wasn't going to do me any good to sit at the side of the road and cry, so I switched on the ignition. I'd have to trust in Him. Traffic had increased, so it took a couple of minutes before I could pull back onto the freeway. The two interchanges loomed ahead. I had no idea which one to take.
Suddenly, an older model white Cadillac pulled in front of me, causing me to put on my brakes. Crazy driver. As I shook my head in disgust, I noticed a fading bumper sticker: "Western Pines Resort." That's when the light bulb in my head went off. Wescliff, Pinecrest. Those were the names of the towns closest to my destination!
I smiled. Listed on the sign ahead, among other towns, was Wescliff and Pinecrest. My own system hadn't worked, but God's had. Thank goodness for His GPS. It's one I can always count on.