The Global Positioning System

May 2, 2015
by Rosemary Hagedorn

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a technical marvel made possible by a group of satellites in earth's orbit that transmit precise signals, allowing GPS receivers to calculate and display accurate location, speed, and time information to the user.

By capturing the signals from three or more satellites (among a constellation of 31 satellites available), GPS receivers are able to triangulate data and pinpoint any given location.

With the addition of computing power and data stored in memory such as road maps, points of interest, topographic information, and much more, GPS receivers are able to convert location, speed, and time information into a useful display format.

I have such a computer in my car. When I drive to a new destination, I usually input the address of the place that I am driving to, and the GPS takes me there. The woman's voice coming from the GPS tells me to turn right or left, or sometimes, she tells me that she is recalculating because of my action. The other day, my husband and I were driving to an appointment regarding his hearing. This was a new destination, and I typed the address into the GPS. After the appointment, we decided that we would visit our daughter and let the GPS guide us to her home. We could have taken the usual route, but we wanted to know where the GPS would take us.

To our surprise, this little computer took us through areas that we would never have ventured through. We drove through beautiful landscapes, passed small lakes, and omitted the usual highway driving. The drive was breathtaking and peaceful.

This out-of-the-normal routine made me think of the gift of the Holy Spirit, Who, if we listen and obey, will also take us to places that we never would have thought that we would go to. It could be like travelling overseas to share the gospel with people who have never heard about Jesus and the forgiveness that He offers. It could be volunteering in a hospital or a nursing home, or caring for an elderly parent or husband.

Today, as we go about our usual routines, let us listen to what the Holy Spirit is telling us and directing us to do. Are you and I willing to travel to a new destination, trusting that this is where God wants us to be?

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (NIV 2011)

Prayer: Lord God, help us to listen to the Holy Spirit's guidance and to trust that You will take us wherever You want us to go. Thank You for this wonderful gift. Amen.

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Rosemary Hagedorn <rosyhagedorn@gmail.com>
Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good word and analogy Rosemary. God bless.


    Dear Rosy,
    I loved your discussion on the GPS and the subsequent analogy. It’s amazing — when we follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance we receive unexpected blessings.
    Praise Him!


    Dear Rosy,
    GPS! My brother was deep into the technology of setting up the variables and making conclusions. Then suddenly a little instrument would do all of the work for him!
    Your devotional brings out well how it can help us find unexpected places when we follow Jesus’ leading.
    Let us take the way of your Word and Spirit, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
    Keep writing.


    I always so appreciate your writing and application. Thanks so much. Our son and his wife let the GPS take an alternate route to southern Ontario and what a wondrous drive we enjoyed. May the Holy Spirit guide us in new directions as my husband & I meet the new directions of the late 80s. Thanks again.


    Good Morning, Rosemary from the high desert of So. California.
    Thank you for your devotional today, a great story leading into your spiritual application. Sometimes the GPS makes a mistake and leads us into a direction we did not want to go. Sometimes that Gal doesn’t let us know soon enough and we have to make a U-turn and go back. The Bible never leads us astray under any circumstances. I know that it’s great when the GPS leads us through the beauty and unusual areas, but takes us where we want to go.
    I am 90 years young, still drive my car and independent. But I know so many folks who are not able to get out and get involved in some, or any of the helpful activities you talked about. My father, when he no longer could get out and do the things he loved to do with calling, etc., decided he wasn’t through yet. He made prayer lists and prayed for each one every day. He had phone calls to make and cards to send. For those who can’t get out, they can still be used in helpful ways for the Lord.
    Keep sharing with the inspirational writing and devotions. It has blessed me on this Saturday. God bless you real good.
    (Ca.)

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