Lessons from Waze

I don’t know about you all, but I love the app called Waze. It is a direction app that in my experience appears to be more creative and accurate than Google maps. It just got way better too because you can pick someone to record directions and so it feels like a loved one is with you anytime you are using the app to get around. Currently my younger sister, Jamie, travels everywhere with me and it is GLORIOUS!!

Waze will have multiple options to pick from and it will show you how long each will take and advise you based on traffic and accidents. It cuts hours off the drive if you need to go somewhere during peak traffic time.

Most recently Jamie’s voice was directing me around Orange County the day before the 4th in the mid afternoon. I knew traffic would be horrible on the way home so I tapped on my handy dandy Waze app and started on the journey back home. Let me tell you, it took me on roads and highways that seemed so wrong to me. And so I was talking to “Jamie” asking her if she was sure and I was fighting the urge that made me want to turn around and trust my knowledge of the roads.

Right as I was arguing in my head with Waze, I felt a gentle prodding, “trust this process”. Then I thought about how Waze has a complete aerial view that I do not have. Because I didn’t abort the mission with Waze, hours were cut off my trip home with only minimal traffic.

So many times this is what my relationship with Jesus looks like. He’ll ask me to talk to someone, go somewhere, adopt someone, quit watching or listening to something, do or don’t spend money on specific things, or most baffling, to just rest and be. Sometimes I argue, sometimes I roll my eyes, sometimes I get scared, sometimes I say no, and sometimes while trembling I step out in obedience.

Last week on my drive, I was reminded of God’s perfect aerial view. Life doesn’t always make sense, in my experience, most of the time it doesn’t. But when I trust the process and remain sensitive to the Spirit’s leading, there is more joy and peace available than could ever be fathomed.

Waze offered me not only the best possible directions last week, but a very important and life changing lesson, Jesus ALWAYS knows what He is doing and He can ALWAYS be trusted.

“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6