February 26, 2023
If you have been reading “Plank’s Ponderings” or have followed me very long on social media, you know that I have a love/hate relationship with technology. Just the fact my cell phone is referred to as a “smart” phone makes me nervous. Perhaps the reason I get nervous is the fact that when it comes to technology, I am not very smart! Apparently, my phone can do lots of things I don’t how to tell it to do. Marie and I have decided that our phones can even read our minds. The other day, Marie and I were talking about buying a particular item and the next thing you know, ads for that item started popping up on our phones! With all that being said, last Monday, Marie and I were taking our granddaughter back home to Huntsville, Alabama, singing along with the radio and having a good time when suddenly, we saw a bunch of emergency vehicles, their lights flashing brightly, stopped on the road just ahead of us. There had been a bad accident and the wrecked vehicles had the road completely blocked. After a quick look around, I ascertained we were right smack dab in the middle of nowhere. In fact, I asked Marie what she saw to our left and she said “trees”. Then I asked what she saw to our right and she replied, “more trees”. I asked her if she noticed the trees on the left looked just like the trees on the right and, when she affirmed that the trees did in fact look the same, I informed her that the reason they looked the same was because we were in the middle of the woods! After seeing the look she gave me when I displayed my keen sense of observation, I decided that I had better quit asking questions and get busy typing Rileigh’s address into Google maps in order to find an alternate route to her house! After making several twists and turns, with the help of the phone’s navigation system, we made it safely to Rileigh’s house and I decided that, for once, I was happy my phone was smart. You know, life can be that way as well. We can be rolling right along, minding our own business, when out of nowhere, an unexpected detour pops up. Can I remind us that as Christ followers, when those unexpected detours rear their ugly heads, we have the world’s greatest GPS hard wired into our hearts and minds? Just like Google maps, the Holy Spirit inside each of us will guide us safely through whatever obstacles we might be facing and will guide us safely home. Better that that, no matter where we might be on the road of life, when we need the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we will always have a connection!
Be blessed and be a blessing . . . Bro. Andy