With a smirky smile and a cutting glance, she said, ďRUTDĒ (an invented acronym meaning Resist the Urge to Drive).
My wife and I were on a one-day excursion to the mountains. She was driving, and the acronym was to remind me I wasnít. By her own admission, she has a heavy foot; I was simply trying to keep her from getting a speeding ticket we didnít have funds to fund. She didnít see it that way. I was attempting to usurp her authority behind the wheel.
God probably interpreted Abraham and Saraiís actions similarly. His promise of a son in their old age wasnít materializing quickly enough so they took the wheel from God. So Sarai, Abramís wife, took Hagar the Egyptian servant and gave her to Abram as a wife (Genesis 16:3 NLT). A son was bornóbut not the one God promised.
Iíve been known to maneuver the steering wheel from God a time or two myself. He wasnít acting quickly enoughÖI thought I knew a better avenue. After all, discerning his activity in my life isnít always easy. Neither is being certain that Iím following correctly what I perceive as his leading.
But this I know. When I get ahead or behind God, attempt to manipulate his plan, or come up with my own plan, life crashes rapidly. Godís plans are always better. My duty is to discover them and follow them to the letter. They may be different than mineóand I may have to bite my tongue to keep from saying something that would evoke a response of, ďDonít drive when I am,Ē but following his plan will propel me into a bright future I could never manufacture on my own.
Whoís behind the wheel of your life? God or you?
Prayer: All powerful God, give us faith and courage to relinquish our lives completely to Your plan and purpose. www.lovelinesfromgod.com