"For I know the plans I have for you', declares the Lord, 'Plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)
Over the years, God has dealt with me on a certain issue: my need to control all aspects of my life...even my need to help control others so their paths might be clearer. Mentally, I am aware that all things are in God's hands, not mine, but I continue to take things into my own hands. Despite my best intentions, I am realizing that I need to have faith that God will handle things, and I need to get out of His way.
One night I had a dream that demonstrated this perfectly. I was in one city or another, trying to get to a baseball field for a game. I was taking a city bus to the field, but when I got on the bus at my stop, I realized there was no driver. Other passengers were getting angry, fussing about how they were going to be late to their destinations. I remember thinking, "These people have to get where they are going." With that, I got behind the wheel of the city bus and began driving the route.
Little did I know, I was not familiar with the route or the vehicle I was driving. It didn't matter that I was a "do-gooder" trying to get people to their destinations...I was knocking over light posts, running over flowers and even missing stops. People ended up getting to their destinations late and frazzled because of my less than adequate driving skills.
When I finally got to the field, the last stop on the route, there was a bus attendant waiting there. He gently asked, "Why did you drive the bus?" I told him that when I got on the bus, the bus driver was not there. I tried to do his job to get the angry, impatient people to their stops. He said, "Child, the bus driver was inside calling his boss. There was a problem with the bus that he wanted fixed for safety reasons. Had you just waited a few minutes, he would have been along to help you on your way. You need to leave the driving to the driver."
When I awoke, I thought back over the dream – a practical application was obvious. Am I trying to drive a bus that is not mine to drive? I am not trained to drive this “bus” called life, and every time I try to take over, I do a lousy job. Sometimes I just slow things down, and other times I end up causing all kinds of problems for myself and for others.
It's time to give up control and hand the driving over to the Lord!
Prayer: Lord, please take the steering wheel of my life and help me to be patient and to sit back and leave the driving to you!
Suggested Reading: Proverbs 3