She finally did it.
Last Thursday Madison walked into Autopac to write her drivers test. 30 minutes later, she walked out with a smile on her face, a license in her hand, and a skip in her step. She was ready to take on the world, and I was ready to get more insurance. *wink*
Our weekend was filled with driving lessons. Any spare time we had she wanted to get out and practice again, and since the weather was beautiful I didn’t mind. It’s been fun.
One of the things she struggled with on day one was confusing the brake and the gas. Can you say, yikes!? Driving up to an intersection I said “Stop,” and… she gave it some gas, after which I yelled, “STOP!” And she floored it.
In just a few days, she’s gotten much better, but there are still those little things she needs to be reminded of like coming to a full stop at each stop sign and putting her turn signal on before making a turn.
I got to thinking tonight about how this parallels faith in so many ways. I remember how she white-knuckled the steering wheel the first time I took her onto the main route. Cars whipped past us, weaving in and out of traffic. With eyes fixed on the road ahead, the sound of my voice carried her through. Sometimes we slowed down, sometimes we sped up, and other times we came to a complete stop, counting “one, two” before proceeding again.
That’s how life is really, for those who believe. We’re focused on the road ahead, but we’re not on this journey alone. His voice is our guide.
This verse is so beautiful! It reminds me of my role as a parent, and my earnest desire to keep my girl safe.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” – Psalm 32:8, NIV
But here’s the thing, there will be days when we white knuckle that steering wheel and other days when we come to a complete stop wondering why God has taken us here, and what He is up to.
Faith in God doesn’t mean that we simply believe in who He is and who He was. Even Satan knows that. It means that we trust in His plan of salvation, and trust His voice in lieu of our own.
We see life on the surface, but there’s so much more going on behind the scenes that we’ll never begin to comprehend. He is righteous, loving, and full of grace.
We can’t comprehend all of His ways. Most of us can’t even grasp how a telephone works, yet we expect to understand the way that Our God is orchestrating this planet. Every single detail is held in the palm of His hand.
We are told in scripture that all things work out together for good to them who are in Christ Jesus. But good to us usually comes with immediate and temporal satisfaction. His plan is eternal.
Life here on earth is moving so fast. It’s over before we even know it because it’s merely one breath in a billion.
The key to enjoying this journey is to take our eyes off of this world. To remind ourselves that everything in it is fading. And then to rest our eyes on the eternal promise ahead. God is good–let’s not forget that!
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, KJV
You are loved by an almighty God,
P.S. I told you that I’d let you know when Women Living Well is on sale, and… it just went on sale for $2.99 for the Kindle version!! Don’t forget that this is the book club we’ll be hosting during the month of July. It’s going to be all kinds of fun!