The city I live in is in Western Australia and it is very quiet in comparison to the noise, colour and activity of cities like Rome or New York city. It could be described by some as positively sleepy in comparison.
However driving a car in my city is considerably easier than driving in central New York City or Chicago. To drive in these places it pays to get in some driving practice on the quieter roads before you experience the busy traffic, road networks and general activity and chaos of those cities that never sleep.
I think God works in much the same way in our lives to ensure we get enough ”driving practice” on the path and direction we are on so that we don’t end up “crashing and burning”. He knows the route and what we are going to have to learn, discover and experience to prepare us for each step of our journey. Perhaps the times that we end up “crashing” or things get too difficult is when we try to take shortcuts or side roads that aren’t on our God’s roadmap for us. We can then find ourselves in situations, relationships, and/or paths we are simply not ready for. We haven’t in a sense had enough “driving practice” to handle the ride.
God cares for us, and knows the best route for us to take. Plus an important point to remember is that our route may not necessarily be the same as the person standing next to us. God wants us to travel the unique path He has mapped out for us because then any stretching moments and learning curves will be beneficial to our lives, rather than damaging or sidelining us indefinitely. Many times we can find ourselves crashing and getting broken and beaten up because of our own impatience, rebelliousness or when we compared our lives to others and therefore tried to drive in the “fast” lane before we were ready. As a result we can enter into relationships, make poor choices, or follow someone else’s path before we’ve had enough “driving practice” on the particular road God has us on.
Instead check in with God and His Word today and examine whether you’re on the right road, and then get in as much “driving practice” as you can. Live and enjoy the road you’re on and trust that when you’re ready God will make sure you are in the right place at the right time to enjoy every part of your journey.
“We make our plans, but the Lord directs our steps” (Psalm 16:9)
“Carefully measure the paths for your feet, and all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right or to the left; turn your foot from evil”. (Proverbs 4:26-27)
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”. (Psalm 119:105)
Prayer: Lord help me to trust you to lead me on the right road for where I am at, and that I will experience and learn all that you have prepared for me on this part of my journey. In Jesus name Amen