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Backseat Reflections

Posted by on May 9, 2016
What would our lives look like if we let Jesus drive?

What would our lives look like if we let Jesus drive?

My family drove to my parents’ house to celebrate Mother’s Day. The drive takes about and hour-and-a-half. It was a beautiful day, so we decided to take the top off of my hubby’s Jeep.

It was a nice drive down. Being in the front passenger’s side, I was in charge of navigating the radio. I answered to my two teens in the back. Every now and then, I would almost lose my hat, so I had to be mindful of how I held my head.

When we arrived, my very tall son,who was seated behind my hubby, made the comment that his knees were almost under his chin and that we had grown too big as a family, to travel in the Jeep. I laughed. He was crammed in there. Being the shortest in my family, and I’m still not sure how or when that happened, I agreed to ride in the backseat on the trip home.

I learned very quickly, that keeping my hat was going to be an ongoing struggle, so I abandoned it and put it in the floor. My hair kind of blew around my face and I was reminded of boat rides as a kid. I also learned very quickly that I was no longer in charge of the radio and the sun was too bright to fiddle with my cell phone.

For an entire hour-and-a-half, all I had to do was just ride. I had zero responsibility and it was incredibly freeing. I would catch a whiff of jasmine in some spots and honeysuckle in others. I marveled at how blue the sky was and how warm the sun felt on my skin. I observed how green the grass had become and I realized that there are a lot of cows on our route.

None of those things were new or spectacular, but they are observations I would have missed if I hadn’t been in the backseat. They were observations I would have missed if I had been driving or in charge of navigating.

As I said a quiet prayer of thanks for the beauty around me and the wonder that is God, I felt a gentle nudge telling me that the wonder is always available, but I choose to forfeit it when I fight for control. When I worry and fret about the little things and even the big things in life, I miss the wonder. When I feel like I have to fix everything, I miss the beauty. When I feel like I have to say yes to everything and take on way more than I can handle, I surrender peace to chaos.

I was reminded that there is another way. I can choose to let Jesus drive. I can trust that He knows the right path. I can accept that He doesn’t need a navigator; He wants someone who is willing to go along for the ride. He wants someone who can appreciate the wonder along the way and someone who trusts that even in the darkest times, that He’s still in the driver’s seat. He wants someone who has faith that He will get us where we need to go and that He never gets lost.

A ride in the backseat reminded me. Sometimes I need reminding. Perhaps you do too.

Have an awesome day!

Wendy 🙂

6 Responses to Backseat Reflections

  1. Chuck Brinkman

    Your message today is a wonderful reminder for me to refocus on my greatest challenge, accepting what is and trusting that it is good even when it seems bleak. God reminded me of the same thing this weekend. He set me up with what appeared to be a traumatic situation for a loved one. I reacted with fear and sadness for her. He then turned it into one of the best nights of her life. Lately, I get caught up in worry about my kids, my wife, my parents. He had taught me over the years of the need to let go of my lust for control, and to embrace His grace in all things. I fall back into old habits far too easily. As usual your words have helped me. Thank you very much.

    • Wendy

      Thanks Chuck. I too, struggle with wanting to “help” God along and to control. Learning to trust and let go is a lifelong struggle for me. Sometimes I get it right. Sometimes I don’t. I write as much as to remind myself as anyone else. I’m glad it spoke to you. Thanks for sharing your struggles. I think by doing so, we help each other grow in faith.

  2. Cathy Chapman

    I love how you are mindful of God in the little happenings of daily life…and appreciate your sharing the wisdom.

    • Wendy

      I try to intentionally search for God in the everyday. I always find Him and finding Him strengthens my faith. I always pray that sharing can help to strengthen the faith of others. Thanks for commenting. I always appreciate your encouragement. 🙂

  3. Vanda Guthrie

    Oh how I needed to hear this right now!!!!

    • Wendy

      I’m so glad it spoke to you my friend. Jesus is in the driver’s seat and He loves you dearly. I know the road looks dark, but He is the light. Keep on praying and trusting. I know He has great things in store for you.

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