I was reading Friday’s devotion from www.girlfriendsingod.com this morning. The author was comparing God to a GPS system. (You can read the actual devotion by going to their site’s archives page) As usual, their devotions tend to be right on with where I am in life- makes me want to scream into the computer sometimes because they are so “on”. Anyway, the author was saying how sometimes the GPS seems to take you in a very different direction than you thought you should go but always seems to end up getting you exactly where you needed to be. She compared that to our walk with God and how we should really trust Him as much or more than how much we trust our GPS. Often times God seems to be taking you in the wrong direction but he is God and he does know what is in your best interest. It’s a good devotion, I challenge you to go to their site- you can sign up for 5 x week email devotions sent to your inbox.
How does this relate to my title, you might ask? Before I tell you I need to ask for my son’s forgiveness in advance. He’s only in elementary but if he ever reads this blog article I might be in for a conversation with a very embarassed kid. He has “back door” difficulties and is supposed to take a fiber supplement every day to keep things “running smoothly”. He apparently has not been taking the supplement very regularly and was “camping out” on the “throne” for quite some time this morning. When he left the throne room, he told me that he couldn’t go. I suggested some senna leaf tea (works really well but must be very weak for children) but he was concerned about the flavor and opted for taking an extra supplement in the hopes that things would work themselves out. A little while later the throne room became occupied again by this same young man. He returned a short time later with shouts of praise to our God Almighty. This godly young man said that when this sort of thing happens, he prays to God. He went on to say, “God turns it into diarrhea every time. It’s His way of getting it to come out!”
I was suddenly awe-struck at the amazing realization of how wise that statement was!! So many times in life we “get stuck” in life and it seems there is no way to get things to “work out” the way we want them to. But, when we trust God like we do the GPS, He gets things to turn out in our best interest. It may not be fun for us to get to that spot in life. It might be uncomfortable and nasty along the way- like diarrhea. But diarrhea gets things worked out in ways that other methods won’t work.
So the next time your life (and mine- goodness, if I could share w/ you my nasty, stinky previous week, I know you’d understand that I get it. .. ) seems to be running a bit like diarrhea, be thankful that God is working it all out for your best interest! The stomach cramps, clammy skin, and air freshener fumes are only temporary.
Trust and Obey
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.Refrain
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet.
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way.
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.
(thank you to www.hymnlyrics.org for having these lyrics available for view)