I love to travel. Take me anywhere! The long hours in the car are wonderful opportunities for my husband and I to chat uninterrupted. We also get to spend more time reading the Bible and praying. There are no limits on time — we have hours to spend together without the usual daily grind pulling us apart.
Recently, we were coming home from vacation, and my husband was praying. Something that he said struck me funny. I was driving at about 72 MPH when he said, “Lord, thank you for this time to be still…” Be still? We were speeding down the highway!
What a beautiful picture of our lives in the Hand of God! We are rushing down the road of life at breakneck speed. So much to do and so little time! And if you happen to be one of the blessed ones in the midst of The Happy Golden Years—and your house is filled with the pitter-patter of little feet — I am surprised that you found the time to read this!
Although our lives our full of activity and our minds race from one stressful thought to another, inside, we can be resting. Our heavenly Father tells us in Psalm 46:10 to “Be still, and know that I am God.” Rest in the fact that He is at the wheel, and He knows what is around the next corner. He knows where to take us and He is ALWAYS there with us. Like the passenger in the car, we don’t need to worry about driving. At times, in the car, we may not trust the judgment of the driver; however, God is completely trustworthy. He knows what He is doing!
Can you imagine what would happen if we opened the car door when the car was moving at 70 MPH? What if we decided to step out of the car? I don’t want to think about what would happen! When we choose to go our own way, the results are the same — frightening. We would do well to stay in the car and rest. What would happen if we drug our foot outside the car? Isn’t that what we often do with God — reluctantly yielding to His way and His will? Pick up your feed and rest; He knows! Rest — what a beautiful word.
We have a wonderful example of resting in the arms of Jesus in Mark 9: 36: "And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms." That child had the privilege of resting in the arms of Jesus, and so do we. By right of salvation, we are not only in the hands of Jesus, but also in the hands of the Father:
"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." —John 10:28,29
As a child of God, don’t forget this precious promise. It may not seem like the answer to your difficulties, but it often is. If we will rest, be still, God will be able to lead us in the quiet place in our hearts. The world will always be clamoring for more of our time, money, and energy. Let the world go by — rest in the loving care of your heavenly Father.