ENCOURAGE EVERYONE IN THE HILL CITY AREA TO HAVE A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST!
WHO DRIVES YOUR BUS?
Remember riding the school bus when you were a kid? Okay, maybe you didn’t ride a bus to school. Perhaps you’ve taken a trip on one of those tour buses instead. Or ridden a city transit bus at some time or another. Even if you haven’t had ANY of these experiences, surely there’s been a time when you were a passenger in a vehicle driven by someone else.
Think about that experience for a moment. You’re riding along, watching the scenery go by. The person driving is making all the decisions needed to deliver you safely to your destination. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the ride.
But what would happen if you did more than just sit there? You’re in a hurry, so you reach down and press on the gas pedal. Or, you panic over something you see and stomp down on the brake. The driver isn’t operating the bus to suit you, and you start playing with the steering wheel, the turn signals, or the switch that opens the door. What affect would any of these actions have on the driver’s ability to keep you safe?
Of course, that’s not a hard question to answer. Any of those behaviors could have devastating consequences. They would interfere with the driver’s ability to operate the bus safely. They could easily prevent him from delivering you to your destination.
When my sons were growing up, our local Pennsylvania community saw exactly what can happen when a passenger interferes with the driver’s operation of a vehicle. A group of recent high school graduates were traveling down a country road. Something startled the young lady riding in the front passenger’s seat and she grabbed the steering wheel. The result was a dreadful crash in which the young lady died. All because she stopped trusting the driver to properly operate the car.
How often do we “grab the wheel” as we walk through our daily lives? We’re plodding along, trying to put one foot in front of the other and get through our day. Somewhere in our mind is an issue we’ve been struggling with. We’ve asked God’s Help with that issue. Asked Him to take it over and handle it for us. We SAID we trusted Him to do this.
Later, our mind trips over that same problem once again. It invades our thoughts during some quiet time, and we find ourselves focusing on it intently. Helpless to turn our thoughts away, we realize something. It STILL hasn’t been dealt with! What is God doing? Why hasn’t this already been taken care of? Frustrated and impatient, we start trying to figure out our own solutions. We begin taking actions of our own choosing, in an effort to get it “fixed” faster.
It comes as no surprise that this method doesn’t work very well. Like the young lady in the car, we make the problem worse. It gets bigger and more complicated, and we end up even further from a solution than we were before. Sometimes, the result of our interference is just as disastrous as that day on that Pennsylvania country road. This adds to our confusion. “Doesn’t God help those who help themselves?” we wonder. “I thought He’d work faster if I did all I could to work on this problem.”
Normally, that might be true. But we surrendered this problem to God, remember? We asked Him to handle it. We put Him in the driver’s seat. When we pick that problem back up, we’re grabbing the steering wheel. Playing with the turn signals. Trying to reach the brakes or open the door.
Could YOU drive properly if someone were doing that to you? Isn’t it much easier to handle the car efficiently if your passengers don’t interfere or distract you? A life surrendered to God is a lot like riding that bus we talked about. He is perfectly capable of delivering you safely to your destination. He knows where you’re going, and how to get you there. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
Trust Him. If He needs you to switch seats, He’ll let you know. If things need to slow down, He will apply the brakes. If they need to move faster, He will step on the gas. If you need to change directions, He will make the correct turns. In fact, He will tell you about ANY changes to the plan . . . IF you TRUST Him!
Matthew 6, verse 8 tells us to “. . . cast all your cares upon him; for he careth for you.” Simple. Straight forward. Concise. If you’ve asked the Lord to come into, or take over your life, stick with that. If you’ve asked Him to take over a problem, LET IT GO! Remember that you’ve made that request. TRUST HIM. Let Him drive your bus.
See you next time . . .
To His Glory . . . BJ Reese
Hill City Area Ministries, Inc.
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