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))
He is probably 20 years old, half my age. He is handsome, kind and combs his hair facing backward, which makes him look even younger.
“Hands off the steering,” he says, handing me a piece of paper. In my mind I am going, no way, I am not going to drive this thing hands-free. “Foot off the breaks,” he continues. My foot all of a sudden feels afraid.
“Gear in neutral,” he adds. That’s when I realize I have been hijacked. Can’t steer, can’t break, and can’t change gears. The only thing I am allowed to do is sit and watch my car move forward.
I wasn’t dreaming. I was going through an automatic/drive-through car wash. I hadn’t seen one of these for almost three years because we don’t have these where I live.
And I had forgotten how much faith I needed to let a machine drive my car through a dark alley of cleaning cloths and jets of white foam. Surrender to the machine? No way.
Would you let Jesus take the wheel?
But do we trust Him with our lives? No. We don’t want to surrender because we are afraid we might crash. So we grab life by the horns and steer forward without Him.
We believe in Him but we don’t want to let Jesus take the wheel. Unlike the girl in Carrie Underwood’s song “Jesus take the wheel,” we are not willing to let Jesus get any closer to our business, our life, and our family.
We don’t trust Him enough. We believe Him but we don’t trust Him. We are not willing to let Jesus take the wheel.
A few minutes later I come out of the drive through with a sparkling clean car. Surrendering had worked. My fears were baseless.
How much are you willing to surrender to Jesus? How much do you trust Jesus? Can you honestly say – Jesus take the wheel in every facet of my life?
Can you truthfully say that every decision in your life is made by listening to His voice? Have you given Jesus the wheel, the breaks and the gearbox of your life?
Is He driving? Or are you still grabbing the steering wheel? God knows our lives more than we do. He knows the end from the beginning. He knows our tomorrow.
Giving God control is not losing control; it’s getting our vehicle called life sparkling clean, hands-free.
God delights when you pray. He listens, He blesses, He heals, He corrects, He forgives, He strengthens you.