linking with Five Minute Friday at katemotaung.com – write for five minutes on a given prompt, which today is “find”
I put my trust in Google Maps and it let me down…
I had planned so carefully, checked the route in advance, printed off the section of the map I needed, memorised the basic directions and all was going well… until I realised I had been directed down a road which no longer existed! I tried to find another way through but before long I was off the section of the map I had printed and I was completely unable to find my way.
Trying to fight back the panic, I stopped and asked for help. I asked 3 different people: one had no idea, one thought they knew but directed me to a different place all together, one knew the way but unfortunately couldn’t tell their left from their right.
90 minutes later after much desperate prayer and many random turns, I finally arrived at my destination just in time for the seminar I was meant to be leading to finish! Even worse now that I had got there I had no idea how to find my way back out!
Life can feel like that sometimes. You know where you want to go, but finding a way to get there, or people who can help direct you, can seem impossible. Where do you turn to for direction?
I was challenged at church a few weeks ago when the speaker pointed out that so often when we face difficulties in life, instead of turning to God, we turn to Google. If we have a problem, Google has the solution; if we have questions, Google has the answer.
Of course there’s a place for Google (and I do still use Google Maps), but as my experience proved, Google is not completely reliable. It doesn’t have all the correct information, it doesn’t have all the answers, and neither do people, however well-intentioned- so when I’m seeking direction, seeking to find my way, shouldn’t my first port of call always be God, not Google?