Be Still at 70 MPH

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.

About Wanda MacAvoy

After graduating with a music education degree, Wanda MacAvoy never entertained any ideas of becoming a pastor’s wife or a writer. But her biblical insight coupled with a vivid imagination has helped her write both a woman’s devotional on Esther as well as this historical […]

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  1. Dana Lane Hilldale says:

    Thank you for this beautiful and thoughtful post. I found it at top of my email inbox, perhaps a divinely placed reminder that I'm supposed to look to Him first thing in the morning and not my email. We are studying Hebrews in my ladies church bible study and the many verses on entering God's rest were so special to me. I have too young children so my car is currently going 100 miles an hour, but his gift to us is the ability to slow down in the midst of the chaos, enter his rest, and trust Him as our driver.

  2. Anna Moyer Beatty says:

    Devine words as a servant traffic cop! Love it. Slow down spirit and mind!

  3. Loved your post and the reminder when life feels like a drag race, we can rest in the arms of Jesus. God knows resting isn't in my nature. I have a"big" reminder in my home office —  a board etched with Psalm 46:10 — "Be Still and Know that I am God. It's the first thing I see as I get ready to start my day. So when things get crazy and I am feeling stretched and stressed, it's there reminding me to take a deep breath, rest, and draw on His strength and peace.

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