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Gone are the days of pulling out a paper map and tracing your finger along an interstate in order to get from A to B. We’ve since moved to gps systems… Garmin, TomTom, iPhones and the like. Now, I’m all for the nostalgic idea of a paper map, but on my trip to Richmond mom and I used the latter.  Who’d a thought that little machine would provide some insight on more than just which road to take?

Mom being who she is (the queen of preparation) had printed out google directions for the ride. I plugged in Garmin for my navigation partner, leaving mom to work with google. As one would assume, the majority of the two directions lined up.   When we traveled through some bigger cities, however, google had a few suggestions Garmin didn’t. Mom said to go with google, seeing as my Garmin was born about 6 years ago and traffic routes have since improved.

Readers: now would be a good time to pick Team Mom or Team Garmin…

I like to challenge the idea of ‘mom’s always right’ whenever I can, and I’m very partial to Garmin (we’ve been through a lot together!)…so as we came to Atlanta, instead of picking google’s suggestion to take the loop around Atlanta, I chose Garmin’s route THROUGH atlanta…consequently choosing traffic, red lights, stressed mom, and a delayed ETA…

Ok, ok, so she was right that time. So, I went with google’s route for some other cities we went through. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to use a gps on a road trip, you can guess what I heard next: recalculating. Recalculating. Recalculating, Garmin would repeat as she got me back to the route she had in mind. She didn’t like when I veered off her way.

This really got me thinking about paths and trying to stray away from one that’s been predetermined by a higher power. Surprise, you can’t. You’ll always end up back where you should be. On the trip to Richmond, said higher power was Garmin; as for life, said higher power is undoubtedly God. My friend Kayla Kerry said it best, “If I’ve learned one thing in life, it’s this: you better follow the call God’s put on your life before any golden opportunity that comes your way. Last time I checked, God’s promises are the only substantial words we can hold on to.”

Reread: golden opportunity. As I enter my senior year of undergrad, this phrase couldn’t be any more pertinent. I find myself thinking about that ONE scholarship, or internship, or grad school…that ONE career I’ve got to secure.  So many things we get caught up in thinking are perfect for us, and we latch on to them, exhausting our minds and bodies until we get them. But this past semester, more than ever, I’ve seen that this is no way to live out our short lives. God, like Garmin, has a plan for us already, and He’s going to make sure we end up where should.

“As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.”  Psalm 18:30

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

Scary? At first. Until you realize this: you are not responsible for causing the  growth in your life.

“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” 1 Corinthians 3:6

The things we have to get to our predetermined path are never enough. But we’ve always got a seed to plant, an earthly act to do in order for the supernatural to occur. This, friends, is why I dabble in everything life has. I’m just planting all the seeds I can, anticipating growth wherever it’s right!

Once we focus more on simple acts like planting seeds, and less on stressing over trying to make ‘perfect’ happen on our own, we find liberty. [Liberty being when what we want is what we ought.] And by that, we are truly free.

So…the big question for seniors in college…where will I be in a year?

Answer: Living out my life to the fullest, in His name. Oh, you wanted a geographic location and a career title? I’ll get back to you! I’m excited to find out myself 🙂  Thanks to LSU and all it has done for me, and still has to offer, I have no doubt I’ll be set up to pursue my passion regardless of what He has in store.

In other news…

The MS Ride starts tomorrow! I’ll be riding 75 miles from Richmond to Williamsburg. Also, need to add another name to the donation list. Many thanks to Taylor Graham for his support! Honestly, aside from the monetary donation,  he’s given more support than I could’ve asked or imagined. He’s been my consistent training ride buddy, and a great one at that, putting up with early mornings, tired legs, hills, flat tires…and me haha.

Pray the rain stops!

We’re under a tornado warning for now…remember the scene from the Wizard of Oz? Yeah, I don’t want that to be me!

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Let go and let ‘Garmin’ do His thing!

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