DEVOTION OF THE WEEK: God is Bigger Than …Driving Lessons

GOOD NEWS!  I have been teaching my 15 year old daughter how to drive and she already drives better than me.  (Of course, if you know my driving record, you know that’s not saying much.)  Regardless, the lessons have been a good reminder for me of all the things I take for granted.  Like other cars.  When driving down a two lane country road at 55 miles per hour, I trust the on coming cars to stay in their lane.  When you think about it, that’s a lot of trust.  You trust a complete stranger to pass just a few feet from your car and not swerve into you.  In the most casual and mundane way, you are placing your life in the hands of each on coming driver.  How can you trust so easily?  It’s because you don’t trust the other car completely.   You partially trust them but your real trust is in your own ability to swerve and avoid a crash.  You drive in anticipation of trouble. 

Sometimes we drive our lives like we drive a car- anticipating that something might go wrong around the next turn.  It’s like being surrounded by the “what ifs” of life.  “What if they do this or do not do that?”  “What if I get hurt or they get hurt?”  When the “what if’s” saturate your life it can feel like you are drowning.   The goal can easily become to live your life trying to avoid any kind of trouble.   God does not want you to focus your life on trying to avoid trouble.  He wants the focus of your life to be on Him.

John 14:1 says Do not let your heart be troubled.  Trust in God.  Wouldn’t that be nice?  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a heart that is worry free?  Wouldn’t it be nice to be rid of the “What ifs” by trusting in God?  Maybe you do trust God but the “what ifs” are still there.  The question is do you trust God completely or do you still depend on yourself to get through the tough times?  The problem with trusting in yourself is that deep down you know the next tough time may be too much for you to bear. 

The truth is God is better at coping with your hard times than you are.  As long as you believe that you are better at handling problems than God, you are not trusting God completely.   Trusting completely comes when you understand  that “What if’s” do not matter to God.   It’s like saying to God  “What if X happens?” and Him answering “That’s OK.  I’ll still be there.”    God knows He will always be by your side.  The question is- do you?  Do you trust that He will be there, lifting you up, in every circumstance?

Turn your tomorrows over to Him.  Everyone’s life has some narrow roads and dangerous turns and God knows everyone of them.  The truth is, when it comes to life journeys, there’s no better driver than God.

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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