Morning after morning I slump into my spot at the driver’s seat, take my car wheel and mutter a few words of prayer I have known to be more of a family recitation; some lines I had pick up from years of sitting alongside my Dad in the front seat of his Mitsubishi Galant.
One particular morning, I mumbled those same prayer lines- “Jesus, take the wheel”, and drove off. In the middle of the highway, I heard my thoughts loud and clear, a silent but firm whisper oozing out from my subconscious with the intensity of water finding its way out of a busted pipeline: can you hand the wheel over to God right now and right here?
As if seeking an answer, I looked around me, I was positioned right in the middle lane of a 5 lane highway with the speed limit at 120km/hr., cars switching lane left and right in all directions! Rather than answer the question, series of questions began flooding my mind. How do I make this transfer? How do I safely switch seats with God? How do I move from the driver’s seat and allow God take charge? How do I sit back and watch things go out of my control even for a split second while God gets ready to takes charge? Can I trust Him to take control of my vehicle on this busy highway while I watch? Let me save you the details friends. The point key question here is: why should I allow God take ABSOLUTE control of my car wheel when I have the wheel where I want it?
It’s so easy to give God an outright control of what we deem as ours when all is out of our control. Very easy to yell His name and scream at Him to take the wheel in the middle of the highway when the car is spinning three hundred and sixty degrees! Oh, countless times we have thrown up our hands in the air in total surrender to God when things are out of our control and far outside our sphere of influence. But God wants the control when you have it and when you don’t. He wants the show when you run it and when you don’t. He wants to be the star on the center stage either the spotlight is on you or not!
To give Him the control only when we don’t have it is to picture the controller of the universe as a puppet in the hands of mere mortals. A God who comes dancing to our utmost bidding like a puppet. It is to see God as another of life’s resources that we can grab to gratify our stringiest desires, rather than the very owner of life itself. The creator of the universe who is beyond our grasp.Far from me that the King of Kings be the Pinocchio while I am the Geppetto of my own life!
When God is the center of your life you won’t need a divine intervention every now and then. There will be no need for heaven’s map to cross earth’s path because the truth is that your path lies in His map and He is there at every junction, every fork, every exit, every corner, every right and left turn on the road (His road) with you.
When God is the center of your life you won’t need a divine intervention every now and then. There will be no need for heaven’s map to cross earth’s path because the truth is that your path lies in His map and He is there at every junction, every fork, every exit, every corner, every right and left turn on the road (His road) with you.But when you have the center stage, God is off the stage – He doesn’t take the back stage! With God on the scene, there are no two stars, the spotlight is either on Him or God is not on the stage at all!
If you surrender the center stage of your life to God, your show will never go out of control. Even when things go awry, you can trust the divine orchestra to steal your show, put up a few notes in place, tune up the rhythms here and there, till the balance is right, and your song – He will finish to your amazement!