Jesus Take the Wheel But Follow My Directions
God: All you have to do is trust me. I know that is hard for you, but I am asking you to relinquish control and let me drive. If you do, you will finally be free from all the worry and fear that has been holding you back from being the woman you were meant to be.
page 37, The Promise, by Darlene Gudrie Butts
I have two daughters who are back seat drivers. They are always telling me I should take a different way, drive faster, drive slower, or ask where I am going, many, many times. It is annoying and I often have to remind them that I have decades more experience than they do and I am quite capable of driving without any instruction from them. But, it still doesn’t stop them.
I wonder if that is how God feels some times. I hop in the car with Him and then immediately start listing where I should go and at what point in time I should be there. I am always telling Him to take a different way, that this way is too bumpy or frightening or dark. I want to get there faster or I want time to slow so I can enjoy the moments that are gone in a flash but stay with me forever. And, I ask Him many, many times where He is going because it seems to often be in the opposite direction to where I want to go.
I am a back seat driver in my own life.
There are days when I think, hey, I should be driving this bus. It is my life after all. I know it all. I am ready to do this thing, whatever this thing happens to be at the moment. And I do, until it gets too bumpy or frightening or dark.
Then, I beg God to take the wheel and get us back on the right road.
Sam, in The Promise, asks herself what it would be like to be on a journey upon which you have no idea where you are at that moment. but are sure in your heart of hearts that you are going in the right direction to the best possible destination. A journey where you could just enjoy the ride without any fear or worry or angst. A journey where you could make the most of every moment, every scene, knowing they would be knit together into the most fabulous life.
I want that. I want to feel like I am on the right path. I want to believe in God’s driving skills and sense of direction. But, I just can’t quite get there.
I think I will always be a back seat driver in my own life. The good thing is, I don’t think God, no matter how annoyed He may get, will ever threaten to never drive me anywhere again, as I have with my girls.
As for God, his way is perfect;
2 Samuel 22:31
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.