Most of our time is spent in unnecessary worries. We fill our life with such worries and cause ourselves diseases. Our Lord Jesus asks us, “Can any of you add a day to your life by worrying about it?” (Matthew 6:27)
A true experience of my friend Mr. Ryan
While Ryan and his family were in Maryland, they had to drive three days continuously, day and night, to get to Austin, Texas. So, they all got into the car -- he, his wife, and his 3-year-old daughter Jennifer.
For the little girl Jennifer that was the first experience, since she had never traveled at night before. With deep darkness all around, she was frightened the first night in the car.
“Where are we going, Daddy?”
“To your Alice aunt’s house, in Austin.”
“Have you been to her house before?”
“No dear, you know she settled there only recently.”
“Then, how do you know the way?”
“Maybe, we can read the map”
Jennifer’s eyes showed her search for the map.
“Do you know how to read the map, Daddy?”
“Yes, it will help us get there safely.”
Jennifer was silent for sometime.
“Where are we going to eat if we get hungry on the way?” she asked trying to peep into the frightening darkness.
“We will stop at some restaurant on the way.”
“But do you know if there are restaurants on the way?”
“Yes, there should be.”
“Do you know where they are?”
“No, but we will be able to find some on the way.”
The same dialogue was repeated a few times within the first night, and also the second night. But on the third night, the little Jennifer was silent. She did not ask any question. Her Daddy thought that she might have fallen asleep. But looking back, he saw that she was awake and calmly looking around. Both Ryan and his wife could not help wondering why she had stopped asking questions, though she was awake.
“Dear, do you know where we are going?” asked Mrs. Ryan.
“Yes mom, to Alice aunt’s house in Austin."
“Do you know how we are getting there?”
“Then why are you not asking anymore?”
“Why should I, because my Daddy is driving.”
“Because my Daddy is driving”-- this answer from a 3-year-old girl has then become the strength and help for Ryan and family for many years to follow. Whenever there are questions and fears on this journey of life he is assured that he is with the Lord. Yes, our Father is driving.
We may know the destination and sometimes we may just know it like the little girl –Austin-- without understanding where or what it really is. We do not know the way, we do not know how to read the map, we do not know if we will be able to find restaurants along the way.
But the little girl knew the most important thing – her Daddy is driving -- and so she is safe and secure. She knew that her Daddy will provide all that she needed.
Do you know that your Daddy, the Good Shepherd, is driving today? What are your behavior and response as a passenger, or as His child?
You may have asked many questions before, but can you, like the little Jennifer, start to realize the most important focus should be “My Daddy is driving?”
“Those who cherish your name, O lord, can rely on you, for you have never forsaken those who look to you.” (Psalms 9:11)