I want a map!

Life is a highway.  Maybe in the song, but the Christian life is more like a back road to me. And I struggle to drive on the back roads. 

See, a  highway provides you with mile markers, to let you know how far you’ve come and how far you have to go.

  A highway has exits that help you reach your destination. 

A highway has passing lanes to avoid those cars that are slowing you down and shoulders to pull off when there is a heavy rain.

When there is a detour on the highway or a busy road, there will often be a truck with flashing lights to guide you through to the end.

There is a sign on Interstate 70W in Maryland that tells you how many miles it is to get to far off places, like Colorado.  I always smile when we drive past that sign.  I like knowing where I am headed, what sits off in the distance, what is attainable, what I’m driving towards.

When you are a follower of Jesus, life is not a highway. There aren’t clearly delineated lanes.  There aren’t big exit signs to say “get off here”.  Making a u-turn requires skill and sometimes scrapes some paint off your pretty car.

On the backroad you can expect trees to just fall in the middle of the road. You won’t always have a cell phone signal so help can seem a long ways off.  If there is an accident up ahead that you can’t see, you just have to sit and spend some time in traffic. Ugh, I detest traffic.

My natural tendency is to want to jump on the highway, even just for a minute.  I can drive so much faster and reach so many more places.  Right?

Wrong!  Jesus doesn’t care how fast I drive or how many places I visit.  He cares about whether or not I am letting Him drive and He prefers the scenic route.

I’m not the only one that struggles with this.  Back when Jesus was with his disciples, THomas said to him:

Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way? John 14:5

Letting God drive doesn’t mean He will hand you the AAA trip ticker (man, I love those).  It means that no matter what route you are on, He will get you where He wants you to be.

My flesh really wants a map today.  My heart knows the map is far better off in the hand’s of the One that wrote it.

Who’s driving your car?


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  1. Me too, my friend, me too!

  2. blueviolet says:

    I know who's driving my car and that's the only reason I'm not afraid!

  3. MomTriedIt says:

    What a great post. I know who is driving mine, but I am still a backseat driver. I am trying, though.

  4. What an awesome post. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. I am right there with you! So often I think my route is best, but if I leave the trip planning in His hands, I know I'll arrive at the destination He desires.

  6. I feel feel you on that one. I want a map. Thanks for stopping by for the UBP10.

  7. “My natural tendency is to want to jump on the highway, even just for a minute. I can drive so much faster and reach so many more places. Right?”

    Oh! That's me….What a mistake! Did you write this for me??? 🙂

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