In my last post, I mentioned G.P.S. systems as examples of the otherworldly technology that now passes for our normal, everyday lives. I remember the first time that Tonya and I used one of those systems for our family’s vacation trip. When I asked why the system featured a woman’s voice instead of a man’s, my son Ryan had a good answer. He said, “Since men never ask for directions, they probably figured that mostly women would be using it.” I couldn’t argue with that.
The more we drove, the more we became accustomed to having that woman’s voice in the van with us. Every so often we’d hear her say something like, “In 1.2 miles turn right onto Deer Park road and continue 3.6 miles.” It was pretty cool stuff. I even began to anticipate her voice piping up when I knew we were coming to a turn. I’d ask Tonya, “Shouldn’t that woman be saying something by now?”
Unfortunately, though, there was one word we heard the woman use a few too many times on that trip. The word was, “Recalculating.” Whenever we missed a stated turnoff, she would go silent for a moment and then say, “Recalculating.” Then she would pick her directions back up from our new position. It got to the point where we would miss a turn and I would immediately say, “That woman is not going to like that.” Then right on cue we would hear, “Recalculating.”
I’m glad that when it comes to God’s guidance in our lives, He knows how to recalculate. That means that even if we do miss His will for a given situation, it isn’t the end of our walk with Him. He doesn’t throw up His hands and say, “Well, now you’re on your own.” Instead, it’s as if He says, “Recalculating.”
Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying that missing God’s will is ever good or acceptable. He never grins about it and playfully says, “Oh, you little rascal, what am I going to do with you?” No, missing His will is always serious, serious business, and there will always be unpleasant consequences for doing so. My point is simply that missing one of the turns of God’s will doesn’t mean the end of your journey with Him. If it did, we would all be hopelessly adrift as we move through life, forevermore cut off from the voice and guidance of our Maker.
I don’t know where this post finds you today, but maybe you are just coming out of a situation in which you really missed God’s will. Well, I’m not patting you on the back and saying, “There, there, honey, what you did was understandable,” but I am saying that God hasn’t abandoned you. Even now He is in “recalculating” mode concerning you, and He wants you to pick back up with Him right where you are and start following His new instructions. If you will do that, you’ll find that He can still take you to some wonderful places. Even more than that, there will be some great scenery for you to enjoy along the way.
I worked as a field technician for an internet company for years (now retired), and when we finally were given GPS systems, we had a guy who immediately learned how to hack the units and change the woman’s voice to a man’s – several choices, actually, even with accents! 🙂 But your son’s explanation was very insightful!
Thank you for this lesson. I hate to admit I’ve missed a few turns in my life trying to follow God’s will, and I certainly can relate to the fact that He never gives up on us. His grace is indeed immeasurable.
Thanks, Myron. Great comment.