The city I live in Western Australia 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 these 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 get into difficulties is when we try to take shortcuts or side roads that aren’t on God’s roadmap for us. We can then find ourselves in situations, relationships, and/or paths we are simply not ready for or meant to have taken. We have in a sense, not had enough “driving practice” to handle the ride.
God cares for us and knows the best way and our route may not necessarily be the same as the person standing next to us. However many times we can find ourselves crashing or feeling beaten up because of our own impatience, or we start comparing our lives to others which leads to us attempting to drive in the “fast” lane before we’re 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.
Today check in with God and His Word 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 help me to experience and learn all that you have prepared for me on this part of my journey. In Jesus name Amen