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August 20, 2007

How Do You Like the Scenery?

Cautionswerving2 I consider myself a safe driver. While I may not follow the rules “to a T" (I have had a few crazy experiences), I am in control of my car and prefer it that way. It’s hard for me to sit in the passenger seat and let someone else drive, especially when I’m not 100 percent confident that we’ll get back out in one piece!

When this happens to me (only occasionally), I find myself, sadly, not relaxing but instead pressing the floor as hard as I can with my foot in hopes that we will stop in time before hitting the car in front of us. I’ve been thinking about this lately. I need to relax more and trust that my friends know what they’re doing! They have been doing this just as long as me, if not longer!

I think this is just the same with God. The question is: Do I trust that God knows what He’s doing? More importantly, Does He know where He’s taking me?

The answer: Of course He does! But the question for me is will I let Him drive and take me to a destination that only He knows, and enjoy the scenery as we go?

Jen Marshall addresses this struggle.

She says,

This was a phase of life I had never anticipated. Events had strayed so wide of the target that my dreams and expectations had little relevance to the current context. I wanted more information about where I was headed. I found myself asking, Why? Where are we going, God?

What makes us think we can demand concierge treatment from God, as though He needs to consult us about whether we’d prefer the direct or scenic route? God isn’t running a tourist agency, and His road maps don’t work like that. God’s route often takes all kinds of inexplicable turns and leaves us asking those gut-gnawing questions like, Are we there yet?

So the question is, are we going to let ourselves act like little children and whine when we have to wait longer than we want to, or are we going to give God room in our hearts, souls, and minds to teach us to trust Him and follow Him more? Are we going to let Him drive, or are we going to swerve all over the road because we think we can take control from the passenger seat?

Maybe if we took a moment to enjoy the scenery, we'd find it's a lot easier to relax than we thought it would be.

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Talk about the scenic route! I went from being a home-owning grandmother in Iowa with plans of having the kids and grandkids visit me often, to losing everything and moving with my Swedish citizen husband to Stockholm! I fought the change and was depressed and miserable, until I finally let God know that I understood that He brought me here for a reason, and I was going to stop being angry and let Him show me. I am much happier now, and the peacefulness of my life has helped me to lower stress and become used to my new life as a disabled person. I will never doubt Him again, at least not consciously. I have "let go and let God!"

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