23rd May 2015

Our inner GPS

Gone are the days when I used maps when we are driving abroad. Our GPS device not only helps us plan our journey but immediately finds our exact location. Despite this, there are times when the signal is not caught and I know of people whose GPS played up and crashed – with no map to refer to, they found themselves at a loss.

In our spiritual lives, periodically we need to consult the GPS of our heart to know our inner location. Since the human heart is sadly, an efficient idol making factory, it is not so impossible to find that our inner gaze has turned away from God and is focused on other things. Like Adam, we are still prone to choosing to live a life which is centred around one self. Yet deep down we know that we cannot be selfish and happy.

Although Lent is far behind us and we are celebrating the Father’s great gift of the Holy Spirit poured into our lives, the walk of discipleship still needs to be very purposeful and deliberate. We cannot hope to be filled with the things of heaven if we don’t stay close to the Lord of Heaven through prayer, inner examination of conscience, the sacraments and the unchanging life-giving words of Scripture. These ‘co-ordinates’ never fail to help us in our journey.

So why not take some time and put on your spiritual GPS, and together with the Psalmist, pray these prayers:

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139:23-24

Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
Psa. 86:11