I remember the feeling well. The thrill, the delight, the puffed up pride and inflated confidence of at long last being able to drive my Dads wee blue Bedford work van. Nothing was too hard for me, each bend to crawl round, obstacle to be avoided, testing the wipers and the occasional tooting of the horn. What an adventure! I was 7 years old.
Because my father made it look so easy, I would plead to have a turn at driving, and so when we would be heading along old stone roads or open moorland, he would let me sit on his knee and steer the wheel. Oh the joy! I was actually driving and in control of the wee van.
Except of course I wasn’t. I had no comprehension that there were pedals on the floor, a gear stick, hand break, and dash board of gauges. I was even oblivious to the fact that my father ‘resting’ his hand on the base of the steering wheel was actually affording him the control and not me. The innocence of youth. He never once ‘burst my bubble’ but let me enjoy the moment and the exuberant bragging about it to whoever was kind enough to listen.
Perhaps we need a fresh reminder today that our Heavenly Father and indeed the whole of heaven is very much with us and for us on this journey of life. God remains completely in control, not in a tyrannical domineering way, but as our sure and certain loving Lord. He hasn’t gone anywhere! He is as true to His promises now as the first time we accepted him as Saviour. In all the ups and downs, highs and lows, He is with us and for us, possibly far more than we even realize. I’m confident eternity will reveal how God guided, protected, equipped, healed, and blessed us in immeasurable ways without us even being aware of his presence or many interventions.
At its most simplistic, my little story reminds us that we are to rest in God, lean on God, and trust God. Implicitly. With our all and our everything. Always.
When we surrender our will and our ways to him, He promises to guide us and make the way clear for each step through life.
Maybe we need to consider today where we can lay down the busyness, fears, uncertainties, lack of faith, control, and independence, that blight our focus and journey? Let’s choose instead to rest into God’s all-encompassing great and glorious love for us. Sink into His grace, inhale His peace, accept His beautiful words of kindness and affirmation. Trust Him with every moment of every day, trust him with your call and your destiny. Trust Him with yourself, your family, and your congregation.
Even right this moment, may heaven reveal to you wherever you are today that “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” ( Deuteronomy33v27)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3v5&6
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28