I've always enjoyed driving.
When my children were small and
we vacationed as a family, I felt privileged to be anchored behind the
steering wheel where I could be in control and keep my family safe to
the best of my motoring ability. As a child I always felt secure wedged
between my older brother and sister while my dad navigated the busy
roadways and mom offered directional commands from the map on her lap.
Yes no talking GPS back then!
I still love climbing in behind the
wheel and feel that as long as I'm in that position, I can maintain
control and safely steer my vehicle where it needs to go. Last week my
wife and I ventured forth on a lengthy road trip. Part way my eyes
became heavy and with three hours still to go, she kindly offered to
drive so I could rest. But in all honesty, I inwardly struggled to
relinquish control even though my Mrs. is an excellent driver! It's just
that if I wasn't the one driving, I wasn't the one keeping us both safe.
Ok yes, I have automobile control issues!
But this got me to
thinking about my own life and how often I struggle to let God take the
wheel. I still find myself trying to jump in and help steer even though
He's fully capable of handling the twisty roads. It's easy to ask for
God's help, but it can be difficult to keep anxious hands free
and clear. I tend to step right back into the Captain's chair and
override His sovereign ability to guide me through a stressful traffic
As a reminder of God's hand upon my life, I found a
comforting verse that says, "He will cover you with his wings; you
will be safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect and defend you."
(Psalm 91:4 NIV) This reminds me that it's ok to let God drive while
sitting back and enjoying the passing scenery. It's all about learning
to trust that He knows better than I which freeway to take and which
trouble spots to avoid, and that by handing over the wheel, God is
ready, willing and able to quell my uneasiness.
As a driver, I
often find that I don't get to enjoy the scenery as much as my
passengers because I'm too busy turning, braking and avoiding hazards.
Our lives are often full of pot-holes, pylons and barricades, and it's
not always easy to pass operational control to our Lord and Savior in
difficult times. In my life I need to allow God access to the driver's
seat and ask Him to grant me the trust I need to simply be a passenger.
To let Him drive so I can rest my weary eyes: "Come to me, all of
you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."
(Matthew 11:28 NIV)
Will you join me in the backseat and let God
handle the bumpy roads?
Let's enjoy the view together. That
really is the best way to travel!