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Who’s Driving?

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Proverbs 3:5- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”

 

Do you put God in the driver’s seat, but then act as a backseat driver?

This is a question someone asked on Christian radio a few weeks ago—and it is still in my thoughts—nagging at me, prodding me to answer the question for myself.

If you are like me, we play backseat driver more often than we’d like to admit. 

Sometimes it amounts to praying about something and, rather than waiting on God, we take things into our own hands.

Other times, it is coming up with what we think is a good idea and running with it, instead of even asking His direction in the first place. It may seem like a Godly thing to do—or even worthy because in our mind it is an act of service for God—so we forge ahead without prayerful consideration.

I’m sure you can come up with many examples of backseat driving.

The point is: God wants to lead us. But, before He can do that, we must share our needs and ask Him for direction.

Then, comes the hard part: Waiting for the answer and/or resisting the urge to do it our way.

Can you just hear Him say, “Who’s driving? You or Me?”

If we would only learn to let Him have the wheel, we could relax in the backseat—even enjoy the scenery as we look out the window. 

We can trust Him to get us where we’re going.

After all, He knows the road ahead.

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Keeping an Eye On My Father

 

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Psalm 116:8- “For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling,”

 

A family of four headed east to pay Grandma and Grandpa a customary visit the second week of June in 2014.

They had made the familiar trek once each summer for the previous ten years.

There was a map in the glove compartment, but the father (and primary driver) was sure he wouldn’t need it. After all, Jason had made the drive many times before.

Along about dusk, a doe and her fawn grazing by the side of the interstate, caught Jason’s attention. For a split second, he took his eyes off the road.

“Daddy!” His middle child screamed.

Jason saw the semi just in time, returning his car to his side of the road and avoiding certain death.

Through the years, I have found that when I take my eyes off of my spiritual father, I often experience difficulties in decision making, interpersonal relationships, and reaching goals (just to name a few). It’s when I refocus, get back in a close relationship with Him, that I find myself once again on the path he intended for me.

And, just like Jason, I’m back on the right side of the road.

 

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