“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
The most relaxing way to travel is with your eyes closed. Whether I’m riding in a car or a plane, I find that I do my best traveling while asleep. My husband and I enjoy making a little road trip together every once in a while, and we have agreed upon the perfect traveling arrangement—he does the driving; I do the sleeping. He’s a good driver, so I have little problem drifting off into dreamland when he’s behind the wheel…most of the time anyway.
You see, sometimes I rouse from my slumber to find that I’m not the only one who’s sleepy. Somehow, the sight of my husband driving with half-closed eyes does wonders for my energy levels. Suddenly, I’m alert, awake, and jumping into action. I turn up the air. I massage his neck. I pinch his arm. I offer to drive. I suggest stopping at Starbucks (ok, maybe I do that regardless of my husband’s condition). I scramble to think of things to talk about. In short, I do whatever it takes to keep our car on the road and headed in the right direction. Of course, I’d rather be resting, but I’ve found that when faced with the options of losing sleep or losing my life; I’ll take Option A every time.
I think there are many times when we as Christians handle our lives in much the same way as I react when I discover that my husband needs help staying awake in the car. Instead of resting in our Lord’s ability to skillfully guide us to our destination in this journey we call life, we view our circumstances as though He were actually half-asleep at the wheel. We feel a little bump in the road and warn, “Lord, did you see that? You need to watch out for those!” A slight sway catches us off guard and we gasp, “God, are you awake?” In response to an unexpected turn, we shout, “This is the wrong way! Here, let me show you how to get there.” Our fear of being taken to places we’d never want to go keeps us wide awake, watching, checking, calculating, and scheming of ways to ensure that our journey goes exactly as we had planned.
Although such actions may be entirely appropriate and necessary when traveling with another human being, they are completely out of place in our journey with the Lord. We seem either to forget or ignore the fact that we serve a God who neither slumbers nor sleeps (Ps. 121:4). He doesn’t look away from the road, take wrong turns, or lose sight of the destination. He is never at any moment in our lives anything less than perfectly good and absolutely sovereign. Not only does He drive our vehicle, but He also designs the roads and decides who we’ll meet along the way. There is no pothole, speedbump, or traffic jam that does not serve a purpose in His ultimate plan for us.
Some people believe they pay tribute to the Lord by attaching a sticker to their car which reads, “God is my co-pilot.” Let’s just set things straight here, shall we? God has revealed His character through many different names, and co-pilot isn’t one of them. He is the only One behind the wheel, and the only One worth trusting in the driver’s seat. We are the passengers, not co-pilots, not navigators, not travel consultants, but passengers—the safe, loved, and privileged passengers. So why in the world are we wasting time worrying when we could be resting?
Trust in God; it’s the only way to travel.
“In peace I will both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.”
Photo: Andrew Beierle