This past week my 17-year-old has been practicing her driving since she got her permit a few weeks ago. Since I am no longer in the driver’s seat, that means being a passenger and letting someone else lead the way.
As a passenger, there were some things I had noticed and needed to correct as she was driving. Here are some things we went over.
1. Make sure you are driving straight.
2. Watch how you turn the corners (not too wide or too sharp).
3. Slow down so you have plenty of time to think and stop.
4. Look in your mirrors to make sure you don’t miss any blind spots.
5. Leave plenty of room for those to get around you.
As I was giving these tips and corrections, God reminded me of how driving a car is often how we need to have our walk with Him.
1. Don’t waver in your faith or walk, keep straight.
Proverbs 4:26 – Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.
2. Stay close to the scriptures so that you don’t stray in the wrong way direction.
Psalm 119:11 – I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
3. Don’t make quick and hasty decisions – pray everything through asking for wisdom.
Ephesians 6:18 – And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
4. Keep your eye on God and not the things of the world or you will surely be deceived.
Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
5. It’s okay to let go of the wheel and let God take over.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth” (God’s Word Trans).
One of the biggest things that most parents have when teaching you to drive is a control issue. Sometimes as parents, we just want to take over when we feel that you need more time and experience, making too many mistakes or going in the wrong direction. And it’s hard for teens to. I know!
My daughter keeps complaining that I am correcting her too much. But you see, I want her to be prepared for anything that comes her way. I want her to have as much knowledge and wisdom that is offered to her.
God does this too with us although He is never controlling. He is the best parent you have. He keeps you on the right path. He gives you wisdom and direction when you ask for it. He wants you to seek him for advice before making any serious decisions. He wants your total focus on Him so that you don’t fall into the world’s traps.
Yes, He wants you to totally trust and put your faith in Him to lead the way.
I don’t know about you, but I would gladly give the control over to God to lead the way. And by the way, Daniela is doing great in her driving. Her newest song to listen to on K-Love Christian Radio is below, especially when it is raining out. 😀
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