In 2003 I had my first experience with a GPS navigation device. It was one of the early Garmin models, a $120.00 impulse buy at a local Walmart that changed my life forever.
I remember how liberating it felt to never have to give or receive directions to anywhere, ever again. I had no idea how it worked, but it worked. No matter where I was in the world, this thing somehow knew exactly where I was and could get me from point “A” to point “B” at the push of a button merely by typing in a destination.
Today they are even more advanced. They can plan around traffic, avoid toll roads and even find a local Starbucks for the road weary traveler. I think one of the coolest features on my GPS is the “Home” button. Push it, and it will calculate the best route home from anywhere in the world.
Now imagine having a GPS for your spiritual journey. How might that work? Imagine a “Home button” for the soul. Just like a regular GPS, it would calculate a unique set of directions to take you home depending on you're exact location at that point in your journey.
In my case, for example, my spiritual GPS sent me down Christian Science Blvd for the first 12 years of my life. Then, after navigating me through some rough terrain in my teen years, it directed me to “Assembly of God” road where I traveled for a few miles.
Occasionally, it sent me down side streets with names like “Hardship” road, “Depression” lane and “Alcohol” way. The scenery wasn’t all that great but it did make me appreciate the prettier parts of the drive all the more.
That’s when I was directed to “Gratitude” Place and ultimately onto "Grace" Rd., the road I’m on now. It’s been a long ride with lots of twists and turns but thank God… I’m almost home.