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We recently spent the weekend hillside with family. It was picture perfect. Fall is here and I can feel the crisp air and see signs with falling leaves and autumn decor out.
My niece is in the teenage years and we all know what that means, she is wild about being behind the wheel. We loaded up, sun shining, wind blowing, and radio dialed up to 10. We were taking the hills as they came and turned down every left that we come to. A few miles in my son, Xander piped up and asked “are we lost?” No we aren’t lost, I replied. I wasn’t sure where exactly we were but I didn’t feel lost either. You know that feeling of panic when you are lost, you turn the radio down so you can think and sling flip-flops in the backseat at rambling kids, I wasn’t there yet, so I knew we were fine. He says “well, ok but I hope you know the way back.” I smiled-not having a clue how to get back and about that time my wise beyond her years niece says with a smile, “Sometimes you just don’t need a map or directions.”
(photo taken in Sturgis, MS)
Well, I’ll be. How right was that statement? The more I thought about it the more I realized how parallel that is to faith. You just don’t need a map or to know anything about the destination, faith.
If you’ve read my blog for a while then you already know I plan. Suddenly, I loved the idea that I just didn’t need a map or directions. The Lord already knows the obstacles, victories, twist, turns, speed bumps, left turns, flat tires, dead batteries, and our final destination.
Are you at a point where you know that you need to let The Lord take over? Are you following your map and it’s leaving you stranded in all of the wrong places? It’s about time for me to just leave the map in the glove box and let The Lord be the cartographer. If that is also a place you find yourself then I want to stir you to ask Him to take the wheel. The human in us wants control. We want to know what’s going to happen and we tend to forget the simple things are happening while our head is down or trying to decide what path to take next.
Have faith in God, you have the ability to let go of the driver seat and let him be the Lord of your life, the only one who will never lead us astray.
It’s pretty wonderful when an adolescent says something profound. She has no idea how that comment has lingered in my heart. Never underestimate the words of a young person, we can all learn from each other. The Lord chooses people of all ages to accomplish His plan.
Psalm 23:2-3 tells us “He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
I challenge you to do as I am in the coming days since we “just don’t need a map or directions” all the time.
If you are looking for a great book for the pre-teen or teen in your life Emily Cole has a great one now for them. It’s called “Becoming a Proverbs 31 Girl” I sent a copy to my sweet niece for her inspiration and I hope you’ll send one to the sweet girl in your life. I’ve attached the link for you, enjoy.
Leave a comment and tell me of a time you were glad you allowed The Lord to lead, we can all learn from one another.
Have Zest and Let Him Drive!