There is a stretch of highway near my home that was replaced a couple of years ago. The old highway had been around for many years and was deteriorating badly. It was an elevated road and huge chunks of it began falling through to the ground beneath it. After a car or two almost fell through, everyone agreed it was time to replace it.
The powers that be decided to relocate the four mile stretch of road a few blocks to the south of the existing highway. After what seemed like forever, the road closures, construction detours and traffic delays came to an end and the pristine new stretch of road officially opened.
Since that time, I have discovered that all GPS systems are not created equal. I have two GPS apps on my phone, one that came with the phone, the other I chose to download later. I have found that when this stretch of highway is included in the route to my destination, one GPS app works fine, the other struggles a bit.
The one app struggles because it has old, outdated data. The maps that it accesses still show this four mile stretch of road in it’s original position. As a result, the GPS continually instructs me to turn around or exit this road in an effort to guide me back to the highway’s original location. Unfortunately, that road has been demolished and no longer exists.
When I know that this piece of road will be part of my route, I make sure to use the GPS app that accesses the new, updated maps. When I do, it guides me directly to my intended destination without continually attempting to steer me off course.
As I thought about these two GPS apps, I considered what might happen if I listened to the directions of the one that was accessing incorrect information. I would waste my time following directions that not only would lead me away from my intended destination but might also lead me into danger.
As I reflected on this, it occurred to me how often in this life we receive directions from sources that have incorrect information or that cannot be trusted. If we follow these directions we can be led away from the path we should follow and can be led into danger.
If we seek after and follow the guidance and directions from our Heavenly Father, we can be assured that we will be on the right path. He loves us and wants us to return to Him. He will always show us the path that will lead us safely home.