So, when I came across this verse I knew that I was right on track.
Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat (or cockpit as the pilot, emphasis and paraphrase mine); I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?
Ouch…I am not in the driver’s seat
I have to admit though that I sometimes struggle with this one. I am a get it done kind of girl and we tend to like to handle things ourselves. You know us…we make a prayer request and when God doesn’t “get around to it quick enough” we take it back and say, “You know what God…I know you are busy, so I will take this one back for a bit.”
A very good friend told me one time, when she saw me doing this (repeatedly), to take off my “Junior God Badge”. I was hurt, frustrated, and a little taken aback from her candid reply to me, but when I started to think about it I knew that she was right.
I am NOT in the driver’s seat.
I should not run from suffering (had my fair share of this).
I should drop everything that is holding me back and follow Him with complete abandonment.
let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
I don’t know about you but;
It’s not up to me, it’s all up to Him. It is not easy, but I know that if I seek Him each and every day He will guide my steps.
Wherever He leads I will follow…”Here I am Lord, send me!”, my life is not my own…it’s all yours!
Taking a Back Seat to the Pilot,