Yesterday, I had another one of those adventures of being lost. My little GPS wasn’t able to find the exact address I had entered so I set it to point in the direction of the closest intersection of the highway. As I neared the stop sign it directed me to turn right, which I obeyed. But as I journeyed through the slightly familiar country landscape, I had a sneaky suspicion that I needed to be going the other direction. So I whipped up in a drive way and headed back the opposite direction all the while my GPS sternly telling me to turn around when possible.
The farther I got up the road, I thought maybe when I turned right I was going in the right direction after all. After traveling a few miles that way, I decided to obey and head back the other way. As I headed back I saw places I had already passed but now I was seeing it for the second time because I didn’t trust my guide. Instead I had a bright idea that my location was in the opposite direction. Nervously I kept driving and wouldn’t you know my sister (who I was suppose to be meeting) was there waiting and wondering what had taken me soooo long. Of course she wasn’t surprise to hear that once again I had been lost.
Today’s devotion over at Proverbs 31 titled Our Thoughts Have Wheels brought to mind how my own little directionally-challenged mind had me wasting time headed in the wrong direction instead of heeding the voice of the GPS (yes I know those handy machines can have you in the wrong place from time to time as well). But that machine had access to information that I did not. Even though I had passed through the area I was going before my mental images of the layout was incorrect.
Our thoughts are powerful and need our navigation. If we allow them to run rampant in negative directions, focusing on things that lead us away from God’s perspective, we will eventually end up stressed out – from the inside out. –Tracie Miles/Proverbs 31
In much the say manner, the way I picture what a friend really meant by what they said is often wrong. Times when I think I should be engaging in certain activities is wrong. My rehashing certain conversations drives me on a course of anger and frustration. Constantly questioning why some relationships ended or why particular events happen leads me along paths of despair and worry. Although I can not change what has happened or what was said, I can choose what to focus my attention. We can’t always stop those wandering thoughts from popping in our head but we can choose where we allow them to steer us.