One thing I love about my Tom Tom GPS system (well, besides the British voice that tells me when to get on the “motorway”) is its keen ability to recalculate my route when necessary. Missed an exit because I was jabbering on the phone? No problem. In a matter of seconds Tom Tom analyzes my current situation and redefines my route so that I can still get to my final destination. Took a wrong turn? Tom Tom knows when to tell me to turn around and when to take another path. Crazy traffic, road construction, bad weather . . . no matter what the new parameters are, Tom Tom can help me find my way.
On a very practical level, I realized the other day that I have an inner-Tom Tom. Each morning I plan out my day – what I hope to accomplish, where I need to go and when, who I need to see. But it never fails that at some point during the day something unexpected happens. A friend calls and needs to talk. Running errands takes longer than expected. Writer’s block (ugh!). When that happens, I can freak out because my schedule has run amuck, or I can tap into my inner-Tom Tom and recalculate my path. Life is so much less stressful when I can recalculate and move on, so I resolved to try to utilize that help more often than freaking out.
As is the way with many resolutions, a test came shortly after my decision: a family issue exploded all over the place, leaving carnage everywhere. My heart went through all of the emotions it could feel – frustration, anger, deep sadness, desperation . . . you name it. And I totally wanted to throw in the towel on the whole thing, relationship and all. I sent out a little SOS for prayer and tried to press on. By the end of the day, I came back to the exact same conclusion I had regarding my schedule. I could either take the new parameters, determine the best possible course, and press on. Or I could sulk and moan, and not really be of help or encouragement to anyone. With new determination and a reminder of my final destination, I allowed that inner-Tom Tom to work its magic.
I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:14
Do you ever use your inner-Tom Tom?