Oh, the places you will go with God and a GPS! With the world oriented to making even the simplest things more complicated, it is no wonder that the GPS [Global Positioning System] became essential to cars. No one can blame tardiness on a lack of direction. In theory, the term lost has been relegated to the list of four-letter words.

Carole was an exception. Technologically impaired and digitally challenged, she found communicating with two-headed snakes in her rural southwestern town easier than dealing with the electronic mystery machine in her vehicle. Such silly devices were unnecessary because where she lived, everybody knew where they were going.

A conference Carole attended in the city forced her to utilize the cryptic instrument to navigate from her hotel to the meeting place. It seemed simple enough. Right turn ahead, right turn in three miles. Next right turn.

After the conference, Carole decided she would wing it back to the hotel on her own. After all, how hard could it be? Three left turns should do it.

About 20 minutes passed and Carole didn’t recognize any familiar surroundings. No doubt they changed the street names while she was in the conference. With night closing in, she turned control over to the dreaded GPS. The events that followed convinced her that the thing was not only alive, but it had a vengeful streak.

The GPS led her through dark back roads so sinister they should be decked out in yellow and black crime tape. Carole finally emerged alongside the blinking blue lights of an airstrip. Winding through roundabouts, detours and parking lots, she found herself nose to nose with a Boeing 747.

Before the air police drove on the field, she spotted three busy lanes ahead: Baggage Claim, Arrivals and Departures. Dodging annoyed drivers and honking horns, Carole weaved her way through Arrivals into Baggage Claim in her desperate attempt to exit.

She slammed on the brakes to avoid colliding with a taxi, and at that point, she envisioned being stuck at the airport forever. She would grow old driving around and around without ever being able to leave. This could have been a nightmare except the GPS interrupted her thoughts with “Recalculating.”

Carole took a deep breath and bargained with God, “If I can get back to my hotel safely, then I will…” and she added an outrageous promise.

When she eased through Baggage Claim, the lane exited onto Hotel Row. Her journey ended at Rest Inn Airport right across the street. She drove into the hotel and let out a sigh, “Now what was it I promised God?” And the GPS said, “Your destination is ahead on the left!”

Facing the unknown is a part of the adventure of life for everyone, but especially for those with a willingness to go where God sends them. Isaiah, in a vision, cried out that he was a man of unclean lips, unworthy to go and tell about the wonders and message of the Lord. But a seraph purified his lips with a live coal. The Lord asked, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” Then Isaiah answered, “Here I am. Send me!” [Isaiah 6:8]

Oh, the places you will go with God and a GPS! Are you taking steps to willingly follow the Lord and let him lead you? Are you packed and ready?

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and her recent Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing now in print and e-book on Amazon Kindle and other e-formats Smashwords. She is author of several other books, including new release Bring on the Blessings of Baskets ~ Easy, Fast, Personalized and Outreach Ministry Gifts. https://goo.gl/qPMfaZ  Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, www.button-to-god.com.]






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