“You Are on the Fastest Route And Your Route is Clear….”

Posted on May 6, 2016

Thank God for Google Maps.  Honestly, I don’t know how I ever was able to manage my coming and my going without it.  The sweet, gentle guiding voice that manifests itself from my phone somehow calms my inner directional fears, gives me hope that I will somehow make my destination in the timeliest manner possible, and will arrive unscathed.

Of course, there are some heavy-duty challenges with Google Maps that if you aren’t a savvy and intuitive enough thinker, you just might find yourself in the middle of nowhere trying to figure out where in the world you are without any clue of your exact location.  And sometimes, thinking “you are on the fastest route and your route is clear,” doesn’t always bring you some of the best times of your life.

Take for example, my recent family vacation to the Savannah coastline.  A beautiful day with open roads, no construction and the pure pleasure of being in a minivan filled with passengers whom bring joy into my life every day.  Couple that with some chocolate and caffeine…and we are cruisin’!  Unbeknownst to us, our seemingly wonderful and anticipatory day, took dark and uncharted turns as we crossed from North Carolina into South Carolina.

What seemed like a perfectly easy day of driving and built up by Google Maps to be the fastest and effortless route didn’t turn out that way at all.  Caught in multiple traffic accidents, bumper to bumper traffic and Google Maps trying to reroute us at least 25 times, seemed to dash our hope, shrink our positive attitudes and put us in survival mode.

But isn’t Google Maps a metaphor for our own lives?  Aren’t we all trying to take the fastest route?  And have everything in our life journey be clear and free of any obstacles?  Don’t we all detest plotting through traffic, having surprise slowdowns and wandering through uncharted territory with no logical understanding of our present location?

As the chocolate and caffeine wore off, and we were well beyond our estimated time of arrival (thanks, Google Maps), having taken two out of the way re-routes and we still weren’t at our ultimate destination, it hit me.  Being with my family and listening to them ask multiple times, “are we there yet?”; I began to thank God for the wonderful adventure He has allowed me to experience with this day and my life.

I don’t know about you, but my life certainly hasn’t been the fastest route and my route has been far from smooth.  In fact, I’m still not sure of my present location and I can’t say I have any idea how long it will take before I reach my ultimate destination.  But frankly, I don’t care.  I get to be on a one of a kind adventure with God as my road map.  He might take me way out of my way and I might be wandering around for endless miles asking Him “am I there yet?”, but the opportunity to know, love and trust Him with my life is way better than anything Google Map could ever afford.

My encouragement is don’t get obsessed with the fastest and clearest route possible for your life.  Give yourself permission to accept the obstacles with a smile and a knowing He has great plans for you.  And when you accept God’s perfect map, designed just for you, He will unexpectedly re-route you into the best life adventure you could ever imagine with an ultimate destination that will one day blow your mind!

Written by: Sally Groff , LMFT, RPT 

 Sally Groff is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist in Indianapolis, IN.   Her passion is to offer professional, outpatient care to children/teens and their families.  Her desire is to counsel individuals and families in the local area to meet their specific emotional, physical and spiritual needs.  Contact Sally Groff to discuss your situation with her.

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