Have you ever lost your way or gotten misplaced and needed to stop and ask directions? We all have, I'm sure. However, living in this wonderful technology world is exciting. All one need normally do is plug in your GPS system, key in the determined destination and let technology go to work. That is, until God's GPS angel happens to take control of a life, as was in the case of this fiction blog.
In this exciting blog escapade that follows, I encourage you to join in and become a member of this exciting adventure. I am confident you will find the true hidden meaning behind this seemingly chaotic experience.
MY GPS ANGEL
"For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone." (Psalm 91:11-12)
I'm glad it's over, that dreaded task of car shopping. This is one project I dreaded, however necessary it was as my old clunker has just about had it. Besides, this old jalopy had none of the modern day conveniences needed for my extensive job travel, such as a backup camera, regulated speed control and that all-important GPS. I'm the world's worst in driving from directions.
Anyway, negotiating with a car salesmen reminds me of the metaphor my good Presbyterian friend said when he stumped his toe on the stairs, "Woo, I'm glad that's over."
It's over for me, as well. My new vehicle is just what the doctor ordered. Now, to take the family for a test drive! I just can't wait for my next job trip, it will be so much easier.
Nonetheless, with all the sustained excitement, this old, tired salesman must have slipped off into a well-deserved snooze. I suddenly found myself on the road again, en route to visit a particular good-paying client.
In this specific case, however, the GPS tracking system didn't appear to be working that easily, as it seemed to take on a mind if its own. I was on my way to meet the business client and was pressed for time when I programmed the GPS. However, the strangest thing happened, my GPS suddenly began controlling the way it behaves, independently of my choosing.
As I was traveling down the interstate, that familiar voice started announcing for me to make a U-turn, if safe to do so, and turn around. This announcement continued steadily and seemed to get louder with each new announcement, until it was vibrating the dash of my car. Then, as if by divine persuading, I finally gave in and followed the instructions as the GPS wanted me to travel an out-of-the-way US highway, rather than continue on the interstate.
My trip took a bit longer than I had anticipated that day, due to my detouring. I knew I had missed a sale as this particular client was a real stickler for promptness, when it came to business.
But a bizarre occurrence happened that day. As I entered my client's business office, I found him pacing rather nervously, back and forth. I figured I'd lost the biggest sale of the month.
Nonetheless, when I approached him, instead of chastisement, he literally grabbed and hugged me. Obviously, I didn't know what to think.
About that same time, the client's secretary came in shouting for joy.
"Will someone please tell me what's going on?" I exclaimed.
My client then spoke up. "You see, there was a very bad interstate wreck, and one of the vehicles involved fit the description of your vehicle. We knew that it was about the time you would be traveling down that road. And, when you didn't show, we just knew something had happened to you. We both just stopped what we were doing and begin praying for your safe travel," he explained.
"I really thank you for your concern," I replied. "However, I think it was more fate than prayer, as I'm not much into the prayer bit. You see, my GPS probably sensed the traffic jam and rerouted me around the wreck."
"Wait just a minute," exclaimed my client, "Let me read you a verse from the Bible. 'You are the GOD who does wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples' (Psalms 77:14). In other words, God works in mysterious ways, His miracles to perform."
That's when I woke to the tune of more unexpected divine excitement. My door bell was alerting me to the arrival of a visitor. And this visitor happened to be my family church pastor.
"We've been missing you in church. I just felt the need of checking on you. I trust all's well," he explained, setting in motion our extended conversation. After this brief intro, I just had to tell him my dream, for which he had all the logical answers.
As I told our pastor, I don't mind telling you. My life turned around that day. I'm not really sure if my Guardian Angel spoke through the GPS or the GPS satellite guided me around the traffic jam. In any event, it doesn't matter now as God got my attention that day by way of a most unusual chain of events.
As an experienced traveling salesman, I needed a little spiritual boost that day to show me I was traveling down the wrong spiritual road. God's GPS, by way of His Holy Spirit, invited me to turn around and travel in God's direction.
Yes, I do know now that God's hand was on me that day. For, you see, if God can use a horse to throw the Apostle Paul to the ground and get his attention, He can certainly use the newest technology to prompt my thinking. That day, I realized God's Grace was not only sufficient to save me but would also keep me. (Philippians 4:7)
After a prayer, my pastor thanked me for our inspiring visit and left me with a big hug and handshake.
So, was this GPS notice not like our lives? The GPS system is designed to communicate with an invisible source in the sky called a satellite. As Christians, we put our faith in the instructions given by an unseen divine GPS known as the living God. (John 20:29)
And now since that fateful day of God's divine intervention, I have spent many an hour burning the midnight oil comparing the Bible truths to my finding peace by way of the GPS instructions.
Just like accepting those successful directions given by my GPS, by accepting God's instructions my eternal destination was changed forever. (John 1:12)
Also, much like a GPS system that fails to work due to interference within the solar system, there have been many times since becoming a child of God that Satan's powers have tried to distract me from the all-important attributes of God by getting me to focus on the little side issues. (Ephesians 6:10-11)
Sometimes God's GPS system appears to lead us down the wrong path but we later find the path to be true, similar to what happened to me that day. You see, God uses Satan for His benefit, because the attacks of Satan cause us to grow. (II Corinthians 3:18)
Unlike the human GPS system, God's divine GPS makes no mistakes. Sometimes, we just don't take note of God's advice. We need to stop and yield to God's GPS by putting Christ in the driver's seat. (Hebrews 13:5)
God's GPS system warned me of a impending traffic hazard that day. Is this not like God's providential guidance for our lives? Within Christian circles there have been many times that God has redirected or postponed scheduled events that we find later if we continued disaster would have occurred. (Psalm 32:8)
Yes, there is a similarity, for God works through all aspects of technology, as well as through our life experiences to impose His divine will on our lives. Amen!
From the jacket of Billy Graham's book "Angels: God's Secret Agents", we find that Angels are real. They are sent from God to protect and help His people. Their powers are beyond human imagination. Their presence can reassure and comfort us in times of crisis.
"The Bible mentions angels nearly 300 times, yet until recently many doubted their existence. Today, however, the idea of the supernatural is widely accepted as fact but the emphasis seems to be on the occult and the forces of evil. What of the forces of good, the angelic beings so often referred to in the Bible? "
A famous preacher once corrected the old bumper sticker phrase, "God Is My Co- Pilot" by stating, "I don't want God to take on the position of Co-Pilot in my life. I want God to be in full command of my life, as the Pilot."
So, have you ever had a close encounter with danger or death, the end result you couldn't explain away? Well, I've been there and done that, many times. For you see God has a way of getting our attention. (Jeremiah 29:11)
In 2004, I was traveling in Tennessee, in route to visit a customer, when my life forever changed. My vehicle was suddenly T-boned by a group of teens, resulting in a near fatal accident. After being cut out of my twisted vehicle, I was transported to a local hospital temporarily, then taken by ambulance back to a Birmingham hospital.
This accident resulted in the entire left side of my body being crushed and me having a two month hospital stay and extensive follow-up physical therapy recovery. After this, I returned to limited disability employment.
I later learned that my recovery was nothing short of divine action.
"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it." (Hebrews 13:2)
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