Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Big Picture – 10 Highlights from our trip to North Carolina

Here are ten highlights from our trip last week:
  • Tennessee highways = Road Construction = Patience
  • Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference = Best writer’s conference yet
  • Antiquing – Found a cool book on English from 1909
  • Emerald Mine (more to come on this later)
  • Lunch with friends from last year’s conference
  • Took the southern route home = time in the car with hubby through 7 states = awesome
  • Found a Stuckey’s in North Carolina – Didn’t know they were still around
  • Found a Piggly Wiggly in Mississippi – Didn’t know they were still around
  • Texas roads – Confirmed now by experience that Texas has the best roads
  • GPS navigation = A bigger picture on the tablet

As we drove home on Saturday, we used our GPS. Just choose home, and the “nice” lady gives you turn by turn directions. I also brought my tablet and set up a second navigation system. It was helpful to see the big picture of where we were traveling and the roads around us. I could see alternate routes we might take if we didn’t like the “nice” lady’s instructions.

This reminded me of how God directs us. We may only see the next step or next turn ahead, but God has the tablet in his lap and sees the big picture. If we take the wrong turn, he can give us directions for which road to take to get back on track. “Make a legal U-turn” is not his only option.

I keep coming back to I Chronicles. Chapter 10 verses 13-14 tell us that Saul didn’t inquire of the Lord, so He turned the kingdom over to David. Then in Chapter 14, twice it says David inquired of God. I must remember to inquire of God because He has the big picture.  

“O Lord, there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You” (I Chronicles 17:20).

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