I was recently thinking how we now live in a world where it seems impossible for anyone to ever get lost.
With all the high-tech devices available — satellites that can photograph our homes from space and computer programs that give directions by just plugging in a few addresses — it’s a wonder how we sometimes get so off course.
I grew up in a time where none of these fancy devices were available. My childhood was low-tech. When going on a trip we stopped by the local gas station. They gave us a free map after checking the oil, washing the windows and filling the tank.
These paper maps were all that was available to us, and along with trying to find our way, we were faced with the frustrating challenge of refolding them. This process has certainly become obsolete.
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So maybe we’re not losing our way driving down the highway so much any more, but we still have to navigate a life filled with dead ends, detours, false starts, u-turns and disappointments. Our world has opened up many paths, and perils, for each of us. How do we find our way through these confusing times?
I recommend we use a different kind of guidance system, a different GPS. This one is “God’s Predicament Solver.” Some people know this as the Holy Bible, God’s word.
Did you know that more than 4 out of 5 U.S. households are said to own a Bible, but only 38 percent say they read it frequently?
I was taught that the Bible was like an “owner’s manual” for those who follow Jesus. It will give the direction, and fixes, for problems, concerns, hurts and the despairs that come with traveling through life. There is not a problem, big or small, that is not addressed in the pages of this book.
Throughout the Bible are stories of people, just like us, who long ago went through the same things we face now. Is a problem too big for us? Just read the story of David and Goliath. He was a little guy with a really big problem.
Family turmoil? Joseph and his brothers tell us of a truly dysfunctional family, and I’m sure we’ve all had times that we’ve felt that we are being asked to do something that seems unreasonable and makes no sense. How about Noah? He was asked to build a boat, though there was not a cloud in the sky.
(Spoiler alert: These stories all have happy endings.)
The GPS system created by man will help us find our way for the short term. God’s GPS will guide us through all the days of our lives.
Mary Alice Weimer is one of The Star’s new rotation of Faith Walk writers. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.