What did we ever do without GPS?

The other day I came across a comic…

A single image of a tight rope walker, focusing on his handheld GPS, walking a 90 degree angle off of his tightrope, with the GPS saying “Recalculating…”

See below…


It took me a second to realize the funny, but when I did, I laughed out loud.

I don’t normally laugh out loud but how true is that picture? How many of us depend whole-heartedly in that GPS directing us, telling us where to go and how to get there.  Since I got my GPS I find myself looking at it more than my speedometer (it tells my digital speed in the corner). Most especially as I slow on a street watching that little car icon take on that purple line as it gets closer and closer to that black and white checkered flag. Instead of looking out along the side of the road and taking in numbers of houses or looking at what the house looks like, or the cars in the driveway, I verify I am there because I arrive, coasting up to that checkered flag.

It made me wonder… am I the only one? Am I too much of a novice for this technological advancement of life… but more so, it made me wonder what life would be like if we focused on God that intently.

What would our lives be like if we listened to every step by step direction God gave us?

Not the simple messages like turn right then you will be home. Of course I know how to get home… I even know how to get out of my neighborhood, I really don’t need help with that. I mean the big things. Like don’t go to that party. Don’t speed down that street and don’t ignore my warnings.

What if we listened when he said, I am here.

What if we heard his message when he says, this is my plan for you. What if we hung on his every word as closely as we hang onto the words of our GPS?

There is part of me that wonders how much better we as Christians would be if we listened to our God Positioning Systems. But then again… if God were telling us where to go and how to get there and we stray off the path, he wouldn’t say “Recalculating.” He might say “Make a U-Turn here” but even when my GPS says that, after a while of not listening I expect to hear her say, “Hey you! Listen to me or don’t leave me on to give you directions you have no intention of listening to. Don’t waste my time.”

Maybe, that is what I’d expect to here from God instead.

Your thoughts?

Similar posts


  1. Sylvia Griffin's Gravatar Sylvia Griffin
    January 27, 2014    

    I just wrote a long email about your latest blog, and all of a sudden it disappeared.  Did it by any chance get sent to you?  As usual, I thought your blog was powerful and true.  I fail to “be still and know that I am God” so often, but He doesn’t give up on me.  Praise God!  I was so thankful for Kim’s powerful sermon this morning on the text “Follow Me”.  We can do a lot of meditating on that message all week!  Hugs and Kisses and Prayers,  Sylvia  (I saw Shane very briefly this evening as he came out of Ralph’s apt.  I gave him lots of hugs and kisses.)

  2. January 28, 2014    

    Greate pieces. Keep posting such kind of info on your blog. Im really impressed by your site.

  3. January 29, 2014    

    There is certainly a great deal to know about this issue. I really like all the points you have made.

  4. January 29, 2014    

    Howdy! Quick question that’s totally off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My blog looks weird when browsing from my apple iphone. I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to fix this problem. If you have any suggestions, please share. Thank you!

    • February 4, 2014    

      This is a wordpress blog and it is mobile friendly, built into the code (as far as I know). It shows mobile compatible on my HTC, if it is not viewing properly on an iphone, maybe a future update will fix that. Sorry, and thanks for reading!

  5. January 29, 2014    

    I’d like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this blog. I am hoping to see the same high-grade content by you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my very own site now 😉

    • February 4, 2014    

      I am so happy to hear that! I would love to know the link when you are up and running. Inspiration is my goal with this blog as there is not enough of it out there these days, and we need as much as we can get! Thank you for reading.

  6. January 29, 2014    

    Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the images on this blog loading? I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • February 4, 2014    

      The images are either jpeg or png files. On this blog the image was a jpeg. It was, however, a tad bit large and may have taken your system a little longer to download and view. If you haven’t yet, you may want to check for updates to your browser. Thank you again for reading!

  7. January 29, 2014    

    Pretty component of content. I just stumbled upon your blog and in accession capital to say that I acquire actually enjoyed account your weblog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing on your feeds or even I achievement you access persistently rapidly.

  8. January 29, 2014    

    I absolutely love your blog and find a lot of your post’s to be exactly what I’m looking for. Does one offer guest writers to write content available for you? I wouldn’t mind creating a post or elaborating on a few of the subjects you write concerning here. Again, awesome web site!

    • February 4, 2014    

      Thank you very much. You are always more than welcome to comment on a post. I love responding to messages (once I get them out of the spam filter) and yes, if you wanted to write something, you are welcome to use my contact form and send me something. Include all of your information, links etc. and if I approve the content as suitable for my blog, I’ll add it. Thanks again for reading, I appreciate your kind words.

  9. ngrtpzs@hotmail.com's Gravatar ngrtpzs@hotmail.com
    July 25, 2014    

    What did we ever do without GPS? | Kathleen J. Shields – Author

  10. speaker's Gravatar speaker
    April 18, 2015    

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this article and the rest of the site is extremely good.


Receive All of the Latest News from this Author