If I’m the passenger in a car, don’t expect me to know the directions next time.
If I’m not driving, I’m paying no attention to individuals turns. I’m either reading or listening or talking or closing my eyes.
Staying focused doesn’t come naturally. My mind flits from this to that. I’m thinking of so many things that I want to do or want to remember to do later.
But sometimes my mind just needs to rest. To zone in on only one thing at a time.
Maybe that’s why I still like my old Garmin GPS. It’s a dedicated device for just one thing.
I know it’s outdated. It’s not current like my Maps app or Waze. It’s not interactive. It doesn’t show me there’s a wreck up ahead or road construction stalling traffic.
But it does one thing well: it focuses on this specific journey.
Once I set my destination, it zeroes in on that intention alone. Miles remaining. Next turn ahead. Estimated time of arrival.
It doesn’t tempt me to check my email or update Instagram or play a podcast.
God is like my Garmin. He zeroes in on his intention. And today, he is focusing on me. On my specific journey. On each step I’m taking. (And okay, the same for you. . . )
He’s not distracted by lesser things. He gives me his perfect attention, his total assistance.
He’s dedicated to my good. It’s for both his good as well as mine.
I can trust him to get me where he needs me to go. He will guide each step. He will arrange my arrival to be right on time.
There’s a satisfaction that comes with single-mindedness. With completing a goal. With ending up in the right place because you kept heading in the right direction.
So even though I do use my phone for directions, as long as my old GPS keeps working, I’ll still occasionally pull it out, too. And turn the other devices off.
A dedicated device has a way of getting me where I want to go with no enticements to look away.
I want to give full attention to this journey I’m on. With my dedicated companion.
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My husband Jeff, on the other hand, still prefers a real map when possible (if he uses directions at all). You? Please share in the comments.
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