Letting Go of the Wheel
By Candace McQuain –
Apprehension about the future, questioning the past and merely surviving the present, are all very exhausting and unproductive places to be. This is, unfortunately, the state of many of us right now. Our rush hour lives and society based, unrealistic goals and ambitions are a factor, but in truth we are our worst enemy.
We simply can’t let go of the wheel and let our Creator drive.
There is hope for us though. Whether we realize it or not, we are all driving one of those “student driver” cars and the Lord has got His foot hovering over the break and His hand firmly placed on the steering wheel.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
Now you may be thinking, “It’s so great that the Lord has got all these plans for me and that they will give me hope and a future, but can I please get a hint as to what these plans are and when they will be presented to me? I’m ready Lord!”
It can be so frustrating when we want something to move in our lives. When we really feel in our heart that we are heading towards something wonderful, something that we feel is so obviously blessed by the Lord, but in the end it all fizzles away. We then feel stuck again and ask, “Why?”
It’s because we are trying to make our plans, His plans and although our intentions are sincere, when we do this we are pushing an imaginary override button and delaying the Lord’s blessings and the correct path He wants us on.
It all comes down to trust. Our Father longs for us to feel secure in our faith and in the fact that He’s got everything under control. He wants us to let Him take the wheel, and allow Him put His “super” in our “natural.”
It’s a team effort though. A great example would be, asking the Lord to keep you healthy. Definitely a fair request, but you can’t sit around eating Ho-Ho’s and Twinkies while never taking any effort on your part to keep yourself healthy. Not only do we need Him to look after our health supernaturally, like only He can, He needs us to take care of our health in an earthly manner, like only we can.
The same can be applied to our jobs, our home and just about every other aspect of our life. Our Father needs us to be willing to do our part while He’s doing His. He’s not keeping secrets from us or playing Simon Says. He’s teaching us, preparing us and most importantly, He’s showing His love for us.
With a faithful and obedient heart, listen closely to the Lord, He’ll tell you what His plans are for you. Piece by piece, day by day you will get a better understanding of what He has in store for you and how He wants you to proceed. Just be sure you are an active listener and then get ready to move!