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IN THE CARPENTER’S WORKSHOP: Driving?

Quick question.  Who’s driving? Who is driving the life you lead right now?  We think we can do a fair job of moving from place to place in life, but God is the master driver, after all.

Many times, in our spiritual lives, we fail to ask the question of the day and can get ourselves in trouble if it is not clarified.  Meandering around, letting others take us from place to place with no questions or purpose, this type of travel can be dangerous.

My GPS, after I have made a few wrong turns, and ignored the suggestions provided, will finally just say, “Driving on road so and so.”  Who’s driving here?

Two elderly women were out driving in a large car, and both could barely see over the dashboard.  As they were cruising along, they came to an intersection.  The stoplight was red, but they went on through.  The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself, “I must be losing it!   I could have sworn we just went through a red light.”

This happened twice more, and finally she had to say something. She turned to the other woman and said, “Mildred!  Did you know that you ran through three red lights in a row?  You could have killed us!”
Mildred turned to her and said, “Oh no!  Am I driving?”

Like Mildred, we might be moving dangerously through intersections, taking others with us, and not have any idea that we are driving!  Maybe it’s time to take a look at who is behind the wheel.

God, of course, is the best driver in the world, in the universe for that matter.  He has a way prepared for all of us, and generation after generation we seem to foolishly think that our way is the best way.

God waits until we get ourselves into trouble, or until we get calmed down enough to hear.  Then he says, “Take my hand, and let’s go forward.”

He started with Adam and Eve, then drove along with Abraham and Sarah.  He took a few trips on the water with Jonah, Paul and the disciples on the Sea of Galilee.  It wasn’t until they realized God was driving that things began to make sense.

The Ethiopian eunuch was driving along the road in his chariot as described in Acts 8.  He had a driver, but he was in charge of where he went.

God led Philip to go up and explain to him that the scriptures the eunuch was reading were the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.  Then God actually began to drive his life, which drove the chariot.

A few years ago a popular song on the radio was “Jesus, Take the Wheel.”  It was a story of a young woman who was in an ice storm, spinning out of control.  She was praying that Jesus would take charge of the vehicle and her life as well.

You see, in driving, it is not the vehicle that is most important.  It is who is driving.

The old bumper sticker used to read, “God is my co-pilot.”  The replacement years later was “If God is your copilot, move over.”  The second is the one we have the need to heed.

A young boy had just gotten his driving permit and wanted to drive the family car.  His father said to him, “I’ll make a deal with you.  You bring your grades up, study your Bible a little, and get your hair cut, then we will talk about it.” 

A month later the boy came back and again asked his father if they could discuss his use of the car.  His father said, “Son, I’m very proud of you.  You have brought your grades up, you’ve studied your Bible diligently, but you didn’t get your hair cut!” 

The young man waited a moment and replied, “Dad, I’ve been thinking about that.  The Bible says that Jesus had long hair.” 

His father replied, “Yes son, and he walked everywhere he went!” 

So walking with Jesus is the key to driving in the kingdom of God.  It does not matter whether we take a train, plane, car or chariot.  The key is that God is driving our lives.  When we give that authority over to him completely, everything else begins to make sense.

God knows where all the red lights are.  He has traveled every intersection before.  So when “we depart and go hence” as the scripture recounts many times, let us make sure that the hence is to the arms and leadership of God almighty.  He holds the keys to every vehicle and the keys to the kingdom.

Sometimes the best way to figure out who is driving is to simply walk with Jesus.  Take a long time to listen at his feet and seek his leading.  Realize that even though you thought you were driving, he really did have the wheel, and be glad he did.

He is ready to drive?  Are you?