I visited with friends the other day, but started my journey using my cell phone’s GPS. I was out in Evanston and needed to get to Naperville, during rush hour traffic on a Friday early evening. I knew it was going to take some time, and actually, knew in theory how to get from point A to point B, but thought the added assistance of my GPS would somehow get me there faster – technology makes things simpler – therefore faster. Right? Wrong.
It was hot and there was lots of traffic. I’m just tech savvy enough to be dangerous, but I thought no problem. I got this! The first leg of my trip getting over to 294 was no problem, but there was all of this traffic and did I mention it was hot and I told my friends, ‘Sure, I can get there in about hour and half…’.
But what’s that I hear? The voice on the GPS lady is speaking – I must hearken my ear, for it is she who has wisdom… Take 90 west. That’s going towards O’Hara ? But I haven’t gone south enough. Maybe, it’s found a quicker route without all of this traffic… Should I risk following my gut – what I know? Or do I follow that nice mechanical voice? She sounds like she knows so much more than I do… Sigh! No, I better not… That route just doesn’t make sense to me.
“Stick with what you know is true Nina” - speaks the inner voice of truth.
Traffic is just as backed up on 90 – I’ll stay put and go slow and steady…
…Without boring you with the details of my very long and very arduous trip – I did mention that it was hot – even with air conditioning… I made it to me destination nearly three hours later, with me fighting with the GPS. I’d go one way, she’d say go this way, but it wasn’t any better… I knew she was laughing hysterically at me with every turn, (driving the back roads to Naperville is not fun).
Moral of this story is: Look up and see life for yourself. Trust what you know to be true. If I had taken the advice of the GPS I believe I may yet be driving about. This isn’t to say that one should never listen to the advice of others, however, if you have an inkling that something just isn’t right, get the opinions of at least two other trusted friends. Trusted is the key word here and then make a final decision based upon common sense and of course, prayer, (this goes without saying).
A picture of my friends and I taken with my cell phone, by a passerby, that Diane said to trust, because he was wearing a pastoral collar. :-)