One of my biggest pet peeves is a backseat driver.
"Get in the other lane."
"Why are you going that way?"
"Why don't you go that way?"
I had a "backseat driver" experience the other day. I was SO SO annoyed. So annoyed that I thought about it later that evening. The more I thought about it, the more I started to question myself. "Do I do the same thing to others?" I'm sure I have at some point, but I REALLY try not to.
As I prayed later that evening, I found that my prayer was something like this...
"God, I want to go left."
"God, I want _____ to slow down."
"God, I want _____ to happen faster."
"God, I want to be on that road."
"God, why are You taking me this way?"
"God, why can't I go that way?"
I was shocked. I may or may not be a backseat driver in a car, but I sure am a backseat driver when it comes to God. So often I spend so much of my time telling Him where "I" want to go and how "I" want to get there. I spend so much time focusing on what it is that "I" want. I forget that His plan for me is perfect despite what I can't see.
He has a perfect driving record...
"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin." Hebrews 4:15
He knows the best route. His way is perfect...
"As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him." 2 Samuel 22:31
He's been down this road before. He understands my frustrations...
"Because Jesus experienced temptation when he suffered, he is able to help others when they are tempted." Hebrews 2:18
He knows the plan. My job is to trust Him.
"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
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
I need to stop trying to control my world and trust God to do the job... Besides, I am a terrible driver anyway ;).
Happy Tuesday =)