Wiser Behind The Wheel

Friday, January 14, 2022
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During my first year at university, I moved back in with my parents. But school was in another town, requiring me to drive there if I enrolled. Cars didn't rust out where we lived, and my father kept an old car going for each of the six of us. I had taken driver's education in high school, which was all video simulation, but I didn't have my license yet. The city bylaw stated that those who failed the driver's license test three times in a row had to wait six months before taking it again.

Failing ignominiously for the third time, I broke into tears. "I won't be able to go to college," I sobbed. "I have to drive!"

The examiner looked concerned as my tears fell, but said, "You are the worst driver that I have seen in a long time. You have potential, but it isn't there yet. Well, hold on. I'll go and see what my supervisor thinks." I wiped my eyes and waited until he returned with a paper with the conditions that they had drawn up.

"Okay, here's the deal," he said. "We don't want you driving in our city. But there are back roads between here and your school. If you agree to stay away from big city traffic and keep to the back roads, you can have a license. Otherwise, you'll get this license revoked." He handed me the paper to sign.

As I signed it, I thought about God as a driver and the strength of His power and light:

Psalm 44:2a – You drove out the pagan nations by your power and gave all the land to our ancestors. (NLT)

My failure as a driver really did extend to my spiritual condition. I would try to find the easy way to avoid a situation when the only way out was through.

I want things to be easy, but God wants me to grow, someone said. Not only had I ignored the preparation that I should have made for the test, but up to the licensing exam, I had been cavalier about overloading the car, in those days before seat belts. I had consciously flouted my father's instructions to take only as many passengers as I had seats. Once before, with only a learner's permit, I had passed my father going in the opposite direction, with thirteen passengers stuffed inside and a ladder strapped to the top of the car.

Before I ever got behind the wheel again, I needed to change how I drove. This meant that I first needed to change my relationship to God to a personal one, asking for His help and guidance when I was tempted to avoid facing up to the difficult things that come to us all.

Romans 12:2 – Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (NLT)

Prayer: Dear Father God, we thank You for Your care of each of us, Your children, as we mature both in our behaviour and in our faith. Thank You for the things that wake us up and change who we are by the things that we do. Help us to be wise. Amen.

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Rose DeShaw <rise370@gmail.com>
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    What a story. Thanks for sharing.

    Great story and reminder, Rose. Thanks for sharing!

    Dear Rose, you were a little rebel!
    Love your stories and lessons.

    Rose – thirteen AND a ladder! Glad you survived to bless us with your insights.

    Thank you, Rose, for sharing this instructive devotional with us.

    Your stories continue to entertain and impress me.

    Yes, I instantly knew this wonderful devotional was written by you. Well done, Rose! We all need to drive our lives with God in mind.

    Ah, Rose, another great story! The thing that I love about you and your adventures is that you always have a lesson to be drawn from it. Loved it!

    Greetings Rose and many thanks for another of your special and very inspirational devotionals. Blessings for these writings you do. I always enjoy seeing your name on the presentation.

    Dear Rose,
    I appreciate your devotional. So many times we pray for help when we have business to take care of too. God is so good to let us know how to take care of these things. Thank you.

    You sound like my daughter. I just about despaired of teaching her to drive! She is now a very good driver, but boy did it take some work.
    Thanks for a good word today, Rose.

    Wow, Rose, God has done amazing things with us? Can’t say I’ve been quite where you’ve been, but God has never let me off easy. In ministry, how many times He’s thrown me in the deep end and said, “you can swim” and with His grace, I have. Thanks for the reminders.

    Good morning, Rose,
    I definitely have led a very boring life compared to yours. You push the boundaries but I never did. My brothers were more likely to push them than I was. Definitely makes your life more interesting if you do, but also more complicated.
    Those instructors were very empathetic. I can’t imagine that would happen today.
    Your message is a good one that we need to be “right” with our relationship with God and to learn from the lessons he puts in front of us.
    Thank you for always being willing to share from your heart and your past so that we can all learn and grow in wisdom. Blessings.

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