Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass. —Ps 37:5
For as long as I
can remember I always wanted to drive cars. I recall dreams of driving being
among my childhoods’ happiest. When I was twelve, I was absolutely giddy at the
chance of just sitting in the driver's seat for the fifteen seconds it took so
I could start the car.
When I was a
junior in high school (and still under-age), my classmate and I actually took
my dad's stick-shift for what was ninety seconds of the bumpiest yet most
thrilling spin around the block. Afterwards, parked on the driveway, we looked
at each other, nearly breathless and were like, "whoa."
In fact, if my
memory serves me well, it will be six years ago on Thursday that I received my
driver's license, and “graduated” from the seemingly boring backseat. Not long
after, I was driving the minivan to high school every morning; my younger
brother, Nat, in shotgun.
My older brother,
Dan, transferred back to Rutgers the next
spring as a commuter, so I lost the car. But thankfully, around that time my
parents started trusting me enough to drive the family to church. All of a
sudden, it wasn't dad in the driver's seat anymore—it was me.
Six years later,
I'm still in the driver's seat. And probably will be, for a good while.
driving is still fun, but sometimes there is a longing for the backseat once
again. Just to look out the window, trace the passing telephone poles, count
the dashed lane-lines, see patterns in license plate numbers, and watch the
people tell us to "trust God," we have no tangible idea of what that
means. But to me, this is the perfect picture of what those two words signify.
Ride in His
car—take the backseat—without a care for the world.
You know Dad's not
going to get into an accident; He always drives the speed limit. You know Dad's
going to get you home, no matter how late. You know you can just enjoy the
ride, enjoy the scenery, and fall sound asleep. Drooling a little, too.
Because... He'll take care of it. Our trust is in Him.
In our greatest
fears and greatest trials—hand the wheel over, kneel in prayer, and have a rest
in the backseat.
In the meantime,
just enjoy the ride.
Questions for reflection:
about the fears and trials in your life; what are some ways in which you can
give these burdens over to the Lord?
2. How can you practically take the backseat in these situations, with
the Lord in the drivers' seat?