It’s been a very busy summer for me and my family. We have had lots of changes, all good, but changes just the same. One of them has been my son turning sixteen and getting his driver’s license.
Over the past year, we have probably had hundreds of conversations about driving and focusing on maintaining your lane. We have discussed not getting distracted by what’s going on around him. But, we have also discussed the importance of driving defensively.
As my hubby and I were driving to church on Sunday, we were talking about the importance of listening to God and doing what He calls us to do.
My son, and his driving lessons popped into my mind.
As Christians, we really don’t need to concern ourselves with what other people are doing. We aren’t called to drive all over the road or to jump into anyone else’s lane. We are called to be obedient to our specific calling. Sometimes, that’s an easy task.
Sometimes, we can cruise for miles with zero interference in light traffic. Sometimes, the weather is ideal and there are no hazards of any kind.
But, sometimes we encounter difficulties. We have to keep in mind that there are other drivers on the road and sometimes those drivers are aggressive or reckless. Sometimes there are wrecks. Sometimes it’s foggy or rainy. We have to remember to drive defensively.
Thankfully, we have a guidebook for that. God gives us His Word to teach us how to protect ourselves. He also gives us the direct 911 line of prayer, that always goes straight to Him. We are never on hold.
We can learn to anticipate those drivers who are going to try to cut us off and run us off the road that we have been called to. The longer and the closer we walk with Jesus, the better we get at avoiding them altogether.
We can also learn to slow down during bad weather. We don’t need to stop, although it can be tempting. Sometimes a slow crawl is fast enough.
Let’s face it. It’s easy to get distracted when there are so many people on the road. It’s also easy to just pull over and come to a complete stop when the weather is bad. However, we have to remember as long as we stay focused on Jesus, we will always get safely where we are going.
My teen driver reminded me. Perhaps you needed reminding too.
Have an awesome day!