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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Control (01/30/06)

TITLE: The Great Controller (Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby)
By Cyndie Odya-Weis


“Watch out!” I said to my teenage son. Earning his behind-the-wheel learner’s permit just two weeks prior, Alex delved into driving as he had forged into swimming, bike-riding and skating- without an ounce of fear. Why, he had even succeeded with confidence when he drove the car at age three; right down the driveway and onto the grass across the road. I was sure angels were in control that time- and now.

That ambulance seemed to come out of nowhere as it plowed through a red light and toward my passenger side door where I nervously slammed on the imaginary brake.

“Mom, I know. I see it,” Alex replied calmly.

“Pheeeeww, I didn’t see it coming. You couldn’t have seen it either and you did the right thing by heading straight through the intersection. Good judgment.”

“Thanks, mom. It’s OK, I’m in control,” he said, unshaken. We headed home from school, a 20 minute drive from the downtown Arts Specialty School to our suburban home.

Alex was right. He was in control as a careful, safe, alert, aware driver. And I needed to trust that he would see more detail and with more perspective than I could, react more quickly, steer each turn with finesse and stop for each light with a smooth confidence. Yes, Alex would take us home safely. It was just so hard to give up control of the car to this child driver.

I pondered the many responsibilities that God granted me. After all, he entrusted me with three children, a variety of interesting jobs and considerable material goods. I wonder if it was hard for him to allow me to take the wheel of this complex and satisfying life. There were many days that I still felt like I had my learner’s permit and that he was beside me, guiding, suggesting, prodding, correcting.

“Hey mom, do you want me to back it into the garage?”

“Sure, that would be great.” Alex spun the car around and backed it into our one-car garage, missing the bags of garbage, the hanging sleds, the doorstep and the desk- with four inches on each side to spare. With utter confidence and competence, he surpassed the skills of much more experienced drivers.

Would God ever say that about me; “utter confidence and competence?” Would I want him to? Was there ever a moment in my life when I didn’t want my Lord and Savior seated beside me where he could take the wheel and take control and make sure that I safely went to the places I needed to be?

I’ll keep my co-pilot. And I’ll try hard to remember that my teenage son has the same co-pilot. I’ll trust that the co-pilot almighty sees every emergency vehicle, guides every dangerous curve and controls every intersection.

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever. John 14:16 Amplified Version

Thank you, dear Father God, for being my comforter, counselor, helper, intercessor, advocate, strengthener and standby. Thank you, Lord, for taking the wheel of parenting.

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Suzanne R02/09/06
Lovely thoughts. I'm impressed with your son's driving too ... pass on my congratulations to him! And yes ... that we have a great Controller, who even has dual control ... wow.
Beth Muehlhausen02/12/06
Thanks for this analogy. I like to think that God is the pilot and the Holy Spirit is His co-pilot - and I'm the vehicle! A nice commentary from a personal perspective.