GPS provided reliable direction for us throughout France until the final, crucial hours. We entered the car rental return address at 900 Rue de Rivoli (next to the Louvre).
What could be easier to find in Paris?
Struggling through Friday afternoon traffic in midtown Paris, the lovely French voice proudly declared, “You have reached your destination.”
We weren’t even ON Rue de Rivoli, and were several blocks from the Louvre. No Hertz sign in sight.
Risking my life at John’s behest, I ran to every taxi cab we encountered, thinking, “Surely, they know where it is”.
Most had never heard of it and the few that did scratched their heads.
Where’a a cop when you need one?
We went the wrong way on a one-way street and “voila”! A French Lt. Gendarme appeared in front of our car.
Fantastic! This was his precinct!
But when John showed him the Hertz return address, he, too, was confused. The best he could do was to point across the Seine River saying, “It’s somewhere over there.”
From there, we went downhill to hotel concierge,
and average “Joe blow” on the street.
All of whom tried their best to help us.
Even though they gave well-intentioned finger-pointing, we remained lost.
What about you? Have you ever “lost your way”? Maybe you’re seeking God earnestly but not hearing an answer. Or perhaps you’ve become disillusioned with Him and you’ve quit praying altogether. God knew that we would experience times of “lostness” on this journey with Him. The psalmist certainly did.
“Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” (Psalm 10:1). “How long, O Lord?… How long will you hide your face from me?” (Psalm 13: 1).
If you’re a weary traveler who has lost his way, here’s a little encouragement: for the believer in Christ, God may seem out of your sight for the moment, but you are never out of His sight and care.
- Jesus declares that no one can snatch you out of His hand (John 10:28).
- “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
- The Psalmist rejoices that, no matter where he finds himself, from the heights to the depths, “even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast” (Psalm 139: 10).
Neither of us can remember how we stumbled upon the entrance to the underground parking lot beneath the Louvre. Looking for a way to turn around and exit, unexpectedly, there was the microscopic yellow Hertz sign! We had arrived, completely through the grace of God and not man!
Moral of the story: your GPS may fail, but God won’t. You can trust Him to accomplish His good plans in your life and get you where you need to be on this journey.
Not wanting to ruin this spiritual moment, I won’t recount John’s opening remark to the Hertz representative at the counter.