Last week, My wife and I went on a weekend retreat to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was nice to get away from all the hustle of daily life and spend quality time together. We decided that we would visit one of the local churches in the area we were staying. We had done some earlier research on the church and were so excited for the opportunity to visit. We did not want anything to hinder or delay us from arriving early at the church, so we made sure that we woke up early and got ourselves ready, more than an hour before the service began.
We even ensured that we used the “express” checkout system of the hotel to save time when checking out. With the church being only 15 driving minutes away, we were very certain we would make the service in good enough time to experience their worship in its entirety. So with all this in place, we set out on our journey to church. I pulled out our GPS machine and entered the address of the church into it. We followed the directions giving by the machine and about 15 minutes into our driving, I realized we were lost. There was something wrong with the directions the GPS was giving. We tried to re calibrate the GPS several times but for some reason it could not get our exact location.
We were so frustrated by the episode that we even considered calling it quits and driving home instead. However, after driving for some minutes, I decided to do the old-fashioned thing, by pulling into a gas station and asking an attendant for directions. It turns out that we were heading in the opposite direction. We immediately made a U-Turn and guess what the GPS “miraculously” began to work correctly now (go figure). We arrived at the church 20 minutes late and although, we missed the beginning of the service, we were glad we made it all the same.
After the service, I began to question why the entire episode happened in the first place. What happened to our GPS and why did it give us bad directions? I questioned. The answer was a no-brainer and quite embarrassing when you think about it. I discovered upon close examination of the machine, that the GPS had mapped our path from a store address that my wife and I had visited the day before and not from our hotel. It was giving us directions based on our previous site instead of our current location. In other words, it mapped our path based on where we had been instead of were we were presently. At that point my mind began to race and the scripture by Apostle Paul to the Philippians flashed in my mind.
This is what Philippians 3:13-14 says
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Paul’s attitude towards his end goal was to press forward by forgetting where he had been and focus on the journey at hand. It doesn’t matter were you have been or the experiences you have, the real question is where are you now? Where are you in your finances right now? where are you in your walk with God right this instance? Don’t live off the glories or failures of your past, check your current position/situation and by faith, ask God to direct you with wisdom as you navigate through life. God bless.