My daughter and I set off for the Magic Kingdom. I plugged in the destination to Waze, my GPS navigation software, and we were ready to go. The receptionist at the hotel said we were only 15 minutes from there. As we sped down Route 192 toward Kissimmee, the GPS alerted us that we were to take a right turn. We made the turn and followed the directions.
After the next turn I started thinking that something might be wrong. I looked at the GPS and it noted that we were expected to arrive at our destination in 1 hour and 15 minutes. All kinds of alarm bells went off in my head. I knew that couldn’t be right. So I had my daughter check it out. She started laughing.
“I don’t know what you did,” she said, “but it has us heading back to the airport.” I realized then that I had inadvertently put in the wrong address. Instead of keying in the actual address, I chose one from a pop up menu. My fat fingers had obviously punched the wrong button. It wasn’t the GPS that had us going in the wrong direction. It was me.
We pulled over and reset the GPS. It turned us around and in no time we were headed in the right direction. Twenty minutes later we were pulling into the Magic Kingdom parking lot where I let her off for a day of fun. I headed back to my conference after carefully plugging in the correct address of the hotel where ait was being held.
It struck me that it’s pretty easy to get lost even when we think we know where we are going. We look for signs and depend on others for direction. Sometimes we mistakenly follow a route that we thought would lead us to happiness and end up going in the exact opposite direction. Other times we listen to a voice that sounds like an authority but has nothing to back it up.
For us as people of faith, the Bible can be an invaluable resource when we are looking for direction in life. I like what the Apostle Paul says to his young prodigy, Timothy. He says, “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” (2 Timothy 3:16 NLT)
The Scriptures inspire us to live to the glory of God. They offer us hope when we are feeling isolated and alone. They give us courage when we are battling the giants that threaten our peace. I’ve often said that when I need to make a decision, I ask, “What would Jesus do?” The truth is that by reading the Bible we can find the answer to that question.
So as we enter the season of Lent, I’d like to suggest that each of us take the time to plug into the Scriptures. I’ve invited my folks at Central to read through the Gospels of Luke and John between now and Easter. It can easily be accomplished by reading a chapter a day. Why not give it a try? In doing so you will arrive at Easter ready to celebrate God’s victory.
The Rev. Cal Lord is pastor of Central Baptist Church in Westerly.