Just as I’m about to drive somewhere I’ve never been to before, I zoom out on the map to get an overall picture of where I’m headed before I’ll allow the GPS to lead the way.
But when I’m in a rush and I don’t have time to understand the bigger picture, I have to trust that each turn is taking me closer and not further from my destination.
Following God’s voice can be a little like following a GPS device. Although there are the occasional times you’re given the bigger picture, most of the time the only bit of information we’re given is the next turn to take. There are countless times in history where God propelled people into their destiny as they simply took the next step ahead of them.
As Abram followed the Whisper of God and left everything he had ever known, an entire nation was born:
“Leave your country and your people… and go to the land I will show you” – Acts 7:3 (NIV)
Although Abram had no idea what the big picture was, as he consistently took the next step ahead, God’s plan unfolded in a way that surpassed even his most wild imagination. As Philip simply ‘took the next turn’ ahead he too saw the plan of God unfolding:
‘An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the desert road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza”
‘So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch [and] the Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” …and he heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet.
“Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked’
“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. [Then the eunuch] gave orders to stop the chariot and was baptised’ – Acts 8:26-38 (NIV)
As Philip simply ‘started out’ and continued to follow the Whisper of the Holy Spirit, God opened doors he could never have opened on his own, and saw the miraculous hand of God at work.
Although you may not understand what the bigger picture or overall direction of your life is, as you follow the Whisper of the One who does, you will find you are on track for the greatest adventure!