About a year ago, we bought a van with a navigation system. My husband loves gadgets, and he immediately began experimenting with it to see what it could do. At first, I didn't like it. The Voice, as I came to call it, felt like an invisible backseat driver. Being told what to do grated on my nerves.

Then I took a new job that required travel. Before long, The Voice and I became fast friends. I went from being a total skeptic to a full-fledged believer. All I had to do was type in my destination, and its "infinite wisdom" guided me there. I stopped looking at maps and scoffed at my husband's verbal directions. "You don't have to tell me," I said with confidence. "The Voice will get me there!" And, it usually did, until ...

I was on my way to a meeting in an unfamiliar city and was running a little late. I came to a red light, stopped, and The Voice said, "Turn right at the next light." I sat there frozen, immobilized with indecision. The Voice said "Turn right," but the sign said, "Left only, one-way street." What should I do?

A car behind me blasted his horn. I couldn't sit there forever.

"You're wrong," I told The Voice. "I can't turn here." And I drove through the light.

"Make a U-turn if possible," The Voice ordered.

I obeyed, thinking that perhaps there had been a glitch in the program and this time I would receive different instructions. I didn't. The Voice again tried to get me to break the law and drive the wrong way down a one-way street.

"I told you I can't turn here!" I yelled.

My face flushed hot with embarrassment. I was arguing with a computerized voice. My mother always said I would argue with a fence post. I guess she was right about that, too.

Have you ever considered that the Bible is God's navigation system? I hadn't thought about it until I saw a sign in front of a church that said, "GPS — God's Plan of Salvation." The more I thought about it, the more similarities I came up with — but with one MAJOR exception. The Bible never gives us wrong directions. The more time we spend reading and studying it, the more clearly we understand the commands our Father has given us. With the Bible as my guide, I don't have to worry about driving the wrong way on a one way street. His voice can lead me through every storm, over the mountains, and through the valleys. His voice will even lead me home.

Lead me in the right path, O LORD,
     or my enemies will conquer me.
Tell me clearly what to do,
     and show me which way to turn.
(Psalm 5:8 NLT)