(Adapted for the Blog from an article by Kelli Young)

During a recent conversation I had with a friend about trusting God, they said, “I’m not driving the bus,” referring to the assumption that God is in control and directing their life. Many people act as if God exerts so much control in their lives that they don’t need to be concerned with steering the car. However, my experience has taught me that God isn’t the one driving my bus. He doesn’t pick me up and drop me off at whatever destinations He decides. I drive myself and make my own decisions about my daily happenings; the people I talk to, what I read, when and what I pray, etc, etc. Thankfully though God doesn’t just leave us to drive our bus all alone  as we  navigate the world and all it’s wreckage. He is our “GPS”, our very own “Godly Positioning System.”

Similar to how the GPS in your car tells you where to go, so too God will help direct us, but since we are the ones doing the driving, we choose whether to listen or not. And like the GPS in our car, God has planned a route for you, but that does not mean He forces you to take it. He tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 that, “I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Of course God has plans for you! You are his child. He wants only the best for his children. He has taken the time to map out the best route for us, the way with the least traffic, the least construction delays, and the best weather conditions so we can arrive at our destination safely. This is why we can, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5,6). Even though we are the ones “driving the bus,” we need to seek the advice of our Father and his “Godly Positioning System!”