Do you use GPS?
March 24, 2017 by
I love traveling! Something about that feeling of moving through space and time is fulfilling. GPS has certainly changed the way I travel.
In the very old days I would use a paper map that was intricately folded into an A5 square. The problem with this method of finding the route to travel is in the intricate folding. Once unfolded this map grows to take up the entire interior of the vehicle. Very dangerous unless of course I pull over.
Then the world took a giant step forward and printed this massive map into pages and it came in a book. Melway was this incredible book that showed every freeway and alley throughout the entire city. Competently placed on one’s lap it was quite easy to use. The pages were laid out margin to margin if traveling east to west or vice versa. North to south much more difficult.
Then the the real game changer, GPS! Global Positioning System is a satellite based radio positioning system owned and operated by the US government. And as you probably know it tells you where you are and where you want to go, and it’s free! All you need is a GPS receiver! These wonderful satellites determine your geolocation when pinpointed by three or more of them.
Recent research however published in the journal Nature Communications indicates that relying on ‘satnav’ (GPS) is not good for our brain! The hippocampus and prefrontal cortex show a spike of activity while using the old methods of navigation while when using technology, “…these parts of the brain simply don’t respond to the street network,” according to Hugo Spiers of University college London’s department of experimental psychology. Our brains simply switch off to the streets around us! Back to the map? That might be too extreme.
You might be thinking I’ve had too many radio transmissions that has affected my senses, but what if we apply the same principle of finding out where we are and where we are going to a higher source. What if GPS stood for God’s positioning service? What if we relied on a benevolent Father to direct us? Possibly not down every street as we don’t want to ‘lose our minds’. But a general sense of a good direction in life and ending in a place you’d like to go. How would that work? As with GPS, it depends on the reception and the receiver. Start by making sure you have connectivity!
The Message says it in this way, ‘God’s sunrise will break in upon us, Shining on those who sit in darkness, those sitting in the shadow of death, Then showing us the way, one foot at a time, down the path of peace.’ Luke 1:79