At times I can have an adventurous spirit. I’m the type of person that will see a roadblock and disregard it based purely on curiosity. For whatever reason, I immediately begin to think, “ What’s on the other side?” This adventurous spirit has led me into all sorts of wonderful discoveries as well as not so enjoyable experiences. As I’ve matured, I’ve gained wisdom as to when to cross barriers, but there is always the temptation to see what’s on the other side.
Recently, I took trip to visit my sister in Texas. I’ve visited her several times before but this particular trip would be slightly different because I no longer reside in the Southern Region of my state. I typed the address into my GPS and saw that it appeared to take me off the interstate for what seemed to be a portion of the trip. It promised to save me time and that was all I needed to hear.
It’s amazing how childhood experiences can mold us. When I was a child we took yearly trips from Illinois to Mississippi. My dad would drive non-stop and we only stopped for gas. Of course, I always had to use the restroom and, let’s just say, there were many stops on the side of the road made for me.
As I got older, I thought my dad was insensitive. Adult conversations with him revealed the safest way for a man of color to get from one location to another was to only stop for gas at familiar stations. It’s amazing how perspective can change everything. He wasn’t being mean; he was protecting me.
Needless to say, I have adopted this same method of travel. I’m always looking for the shortest route. I even call myself the “Shortcut Queen.” I literally will take unknown roads just to see if I can find a shortcut. Once the shortcut is discovered and time is saved, a sense of accomplishment floods my being. Crazy, I know, but it works for me. So seeing this shortcut on the GPS sparked my interest or should I say baited me.
So I journeyed off the main interstate onto the highway. As I began to ride I thought this isn’t so bad. Surprisingly there was little traffic and the speed limit was 75 mph. I leaned back, smiled and felt a sense of achievement. That was until I had made my 5th turn in 60 minutes. I considered turning around but I knew I was in too deep. So I continued on.
What seemed to have started off as a shortcut was now turning into the journey of the unknown. I had to have faith in God and the GPS that it was not leading me off a cliff. I drove through so many towns and made so many turns I literally started getting nervous and praying. That once confident adventurist suddenly became an unsure, nervous driver looking for a way out.
To make things worse my GPS would not tell me anything until I got 10 miles away from my next turn. So I was out in the middle of nowhere by myself with a GPS that only gives partial directions. I saw in that moment that’s how God is. He only tells us what we need to know. If we are in a place where we need to stay on the same road for 30 miles then that’s all he says. He doesn’t always reveal the next step.
So her I am in the middle of nowhere. I stopped and asked God why in the world was this happening? I’ve learned that everything happens for a reason and that there is a message in everything. So He was very quick to respond. I even think at one point He was probably laughing at me. He quickly responded with “The Road Less Traveled ” and revelation fell on me. I suddenly saw this trip as our journey with God. We want to take shortcuts and go “The Road Most Traveled,” but God has a different journey planned. The journey He has planned for us is full of revelation and relationship, and we can’t always see what’s next.
I was totally dependent on my GPS. I had to trust that it was not being hacked and would not let me down. Likewise, we must be totally dependent on God’s voice and trust that He will guide us, turn by turn, until we reach our destination. With God, we must learn to rest in him and trust that he is the Ultimate GPS that sees and knows all.
Although I had gained great revelation on the journey, I was determined to take the interstate as a return route. I proudly merged onto the highway and smiled at the familiar feeling of the speeding traffic. After driving a few hours I longed for the quiet highways. Cars driving slow, traffic jams, and police looking for speeders had become an irritant. Everything I was once accustomed to was no longer pleasant. God had chosen a route that was actually much more to my liking. At that moment I realized my true struggle was lack of control.
So as you travel down the “Road Less Traveled” let go of control and know and trust the Father. He is the ultimate GPS. He knows the best route to get to your final destination. At times it may seem you are completely off course but I beg to differ. At those times, you are right where He wants you; out of control and letting him lead. I encourage you to stay on “The Road Less Traveled” for it is the place of great discovery with the King.
Author: Petrina Milan