The view from the other seat

Let me just put this out there, I drive professionally. As a result I log many, many hours behind the wheel each day. And generally when it comes time for the family to load up I am the one getting behind the steering wheel. I guess you can say I double as a chauffeur. LOL!
There are occasions however when I am not the one driving us around. My wife from time to time, and more so lately, does some driving. Let me also say it is nice to get to just sit there. I enjoy looking out the windows and reading the different road signs advertising what is up ahead. It really is pleasant for me to be able to just look out at the country side that we normally just fly by and miss.
There is a great deal to be said about that last statement, so let me share with you just a little bit of what I mean. When we are insisting on constantly being in the driver seat of our lives we miss out on all the little details of life that God has surrounded us with. That is because when we are steering our lives we tend to see only the monstrous  details that the enemy is trying sidetrack us with or worse yet wreck us. When we relinquish control though God starts guiding us and we can look out our life’s windows and enjoy the beauty of the lessons He is teaching.
When we remove the blinders from our eyes we can see some of the effort God is putting in to us to make us who He wants us to be or even a snapshot of how He is protecting us. As an example in 2 Kings 6 Elisha and his servant woke up to find themselves surrounded by the enemy. While his servant panicked Elisha wasn’t concerned
God was steering his life and that allowed him to see some of the protection that God had brought to bear on hus behalf. His servant just knew they were finished though. So in v17 we read “And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses, and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” Please note that they were there for Elisha but because of his walk with God others were blessed as well. Allowing God to be in charge of our lives can bring benefits to others. Of course the opposite holds true too, if we must be driving ourselves those in the car will wreck with us.
Whe writing this I was reminded of a story that happened many years ago I believe down in Brazil. A young woman was going to go out partying with some friends and her mother begged her not to go. She insisted and finally her mother said then go with God. The daughter said He will have to ride in the trunk because there was no room for Him up front. The next day the car they were riding in found, having gone over the side of a mountain. All the people inside were dead, including the daughter. In the trunk they found a case of fresh eggs that the driver had bought just before they went out that night. Not one of the eggs was damaged. The moral of the story, we can limit God.
By being in the passenger seat of our lives we can reduce some of the stress in our lives because by doing so we are fulfilling what Peter told us to do “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” That word care means distractions, stress, anxieties. While the word careth means concerned.
Yes it sure seems more interesting to be behind the wheel but so much is missed and left behind in the dust. Most of which was meant for us.


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