My teenage son receives his driver’s license in just a few weeks, and in my parental panic, it got me thinking about when I was 17 and I had just gotten my license.
I remember I had only been driving for a few months, and I was traveling home from a vacation in upstate New York … during an ICE STORM on MOUNTAIN ROADS! I recall the road had one lane in each direction, and even 30 years later, I very well remember hitting a patch of ice. My car skidded over the yellow line and I was headed right for a large truck that was coming head on at me. In massive fear, I recall slamming on the brakes and quickly turning the steering wheel to the right. The result … was not good.
The car skidded worse, and I ended up GOING OVER the guard rail. Front end of the car hanging over the edge of the cliff … just a little more gas … and I would have dropped hundreds of feet! Let’s just say that I didn’t drive for a month.
That day I learned that you always pump your brakes in ice and you turn INTO the danger … not away. With slick ice, we turn INTO the problem … never away from it!
I see the spiritual side of this dilemma. When we hit a patch of ice in our daily walk, we turn INTO Him … not away. When the mountain roads of life become slick … and we spin out in a horrible skid with doubt, fear, and confusion … gently pump the brakes … don’t SLAM on them! Don’t come to a sudden and dangerous stop, tap the brakes gently to check your spinning emotions and come before Him boldly with your need!
Look, when I saw the truck coming at me, the human response was to immediately stop the car. Yet, we can’t afford to stop moving our feet towards Him when scary obstacles come our way. When trouble comes – and the bible promises that it will – we can run only in one of TWO directions. Towards God or away. I promise you that running away from God will never be the answer! We must LEAN into Him … knowing that He never withholds good things from His children.
Our God is bigger than the obstacle in our path, and all the obstacle serves to do is PROVE OUR FAITH TO US! God knows He can handle truck, yet He wants US to see that with Christ in us … we too can handle the truck and the slick road. Seasons of testing aren’t to prove our faith to God, rather they serve to prove to ourselves that we already HAVE the needed faith! With our faith proven to ourselves, we become MORE than conquerors and all things become possible as His glory is revealed in us!
Refuse to compromise the mission you have been given! Refuse to accept shortcuts. Refuse to stop dead in your tracks. Refuse to fear the obstacle in your path. Refuse to overreact with emotions and skid over the guard rail. Your flesh may scream out otherwise – but in times of confusion and doubt – firm obedience is the key to seeing fruit born by faith.
Truly, God will never put on YOUR plate more than ***HE*** can handle. Look, your problems are His problems, and HIS strength is already YOUR strength. “Never will I leave you, and never will I forsake you” and He promises to renew your strength as you will “run and not grow weary, walk and not faint.” Let the joy of the Lord be YOUR strength (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5; Isaiah 40:31; Nehemiah 8:10).
Yes, we can do ALL things THROUGH Him who gives us strength. It isn’t OUR strength or ability that ever matters – nope, only His matters (Phil 4:13).
Fear cannot be driven out by MORE fear. Fear is only driven out by His PERFECT love (1 John 4:18).
Stop allowing FEAR to be your guide and daily compass, and refuse to allow fear to cause premature slamming on the brakes or turning away from “perceived” danger. There is no such thing as constructive worrying … worry will always be destructive to your time, peace, and strength.
Lean into Daddy God … and be still says The Lord!
1 Peter 1:6-7 (NIV)
6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.