Let God Do The Driving
by Sheila Schoessler
Set Me Free Ministries Event Coordinator
I was in the car with my two daughters today on the way back from a shopping trip to Walmart. As I was pulling out of the parking lot, the person in front of me stopped rather abruptly. My fifteen year old was sitting in the passenger seat when she instantly put her hands on the dashboard, laughed, and made a funny gasping noise. Sarcastically she said, “Oh, I can’t get that right! How does that sound go again that you make when I am driving?” She was laughing pretty hard in her attempt to make fun of me.
Yes, I will admit, I am old enough to be the mom of a teenage daughter. A teenage daughter who has her permit and loves to drive everywhere! Needless to say, it scares me. And I probably make a noise here or there when she's at the wheel. Truth be told, I am just plain fearful of the concept of her driving. In fact, almost every time we have to go somewhere she says, “I’m driving.” When those words come out of her mouth, my eyes roll back, and I feel my head start to ache. Really. It can get so bad that sometimes I find myself sneaking out of the house when I have to go somewhere just so I don’t have to hear, “Oh, I wanna go! Can I drive?”
All joking aside, she is a pretty good driver. She has had her permit for seven months and still has not had an accident, although there have been a few close calls. She is pretty focused. She has often commented that she does not know how people can do two things at once while they are driving. It’s hard enough doing one. (I hope that lasts!) She is cautious–sometimes to a fault. But she is a teenager, and as her mom, I am fearful.
I realize it is the lack of control that surrounds the entire situation that makes my heart race. Bottom line, she is my oldest child, and I am terrified that she is going to be in an accident and get hurt. But isn’t that the way life is? Sometimes we feel like we lack so much control about what is going to happen that we become fearful and want to hide from the situation. So what if we turn that control over to God instead of bearing it on our own?
In the book Fearless by Max Lucado, he describes what it was like sitting on the lap of his father driving a car when he was young. Everything he experienced while sitting in his dad’s lap was exhilarating for him. Lucado says, “Dad’s hands were next to mine, his eyes keener than mine.”
He was fearless in the lap of his father! WOW! Let me just say that again–he was fearless in the lap of his father! Our Heavenly Father also has his hands next to ours at all times. His eyes are always keener than ours.
Isaiah 41:13 says, “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” It is time to let go of the fear and rely on Him.
Whether you have a teenager like mine who is learning how to drive or you have a young one learning how to walk, we have to make the choice to let go of our fears and simply trust in God. Avoiding situations because of our fears tells God we don’t trust Him. Instead we need to heed the words of Psalm 56:3-4, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.”
Speaking to Our Father through prayer is the answer. In his book, Lucado says, “Prayer is the practice of sitting calmly in God’s lap and placing our hands on his steering wheel.”
So, even though I wish I had a brake I could push when I am not sure my daughter is going to stop in time, I think I will lean on God and allow him to take control of the driving.