“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Who’s driving your car? Who is in charge of where you go and how you get there? Who is behind the steering wheel? In the passenger seat?
Some of us are sitting in the passenger seats of our own cars. We wait and wait for someone to take us to where we want to go, hoping and praying they come soon. We blame the world for not providing someone to drive us to get us to our destination. Very soon, we may end up bitter towards God and the world for not fulfilling the callings He has put in our lives, when He Himself has asked us to move.
Some of us have let other people drive our cars. We let them make all the decisions in our lives, take us wherever they want to go. Sometimes they’re wonderful people and we end up somewhere nice. They can be our parents, our spouses, or our friends. We let them control our lives, slowly we become dependent on them and afraid that they’ll leave.
Sometimes they’re horrible people and we end up somewhere painful and dangerous. These can also be our parents, spouses, or friends. They can be culture you live in or the expectations you live under. We end up hurt and afraid, unsure how we even got to this place to begin with.
God strengthens us and answers us, showing up in miraculous and supernatural ways. He can open doors, but you must walk through them. He can call you to a great adventure but you must go on that journey. He can give you a destination but you must drive yourself there. He is with you every step of the way, guiding, strengthening, and helping. It is His delight that this journey of life is something you do together.
God did not call us to something great in this life to not get in the driver’s seat and run after it wholeheartedly. He did not call us His children for our lives to be controlled by other people. He has called us to be courageous and bold, to drive our cars to where He has asked us to go, to take control of our own lives, and fiercely pursue His heart.