Daily Delight

Thursday, June 23, 2016


If you're a driver you'll follow this analogy and if you're not, just work with me:

Picture someone driving their car down a busy street. Better yet, picture what their feet are doing.
Their left foot is likely on the floor and their right foot is either pushing down on the gas or the brake or is in a moment of transition between the two.
I remember when I first started driving that I asked my Dad why I couldn't use both feet. Why not have one foot covering the gas and one covering the brake? It's seemed safer.

That's ludicrous. It would be absolutely silly to try to spend my driving moments with two feet battling for control. Instead, my right foot does all the work.
It's a basic analogy but I kind of see it as helpful when thinking of surrender with God.
Let's just say He is the right foot. The One who is seasoned at His role, and who needs no help from that left foot — us.
God is in control. He isn't a new driver who wonders if maybe it'll be a good idea if two feet happen. No! He's been in existence as God forever. He isn't confused about His role.

So why do I wonder about His ability? Why do I stop my life (left foot interference!) on so many occasions to make sure that things are working as I'm hoping? Why can I get crushed by disappointments? I think it's because ultimately I sometimes want to be the driver. I want to be the one calling the shots.
Let's pull back in to that car analogy. Picture a young child trying to drive. If her foot is even reaching the pedal, she certainly can't see outside. And if she sits so that she can see, her feet can't hit the pedals.

God is the adult. And maybe that seems condescending but it's actually freeing. Because we get to sit beside Him. His feet at work, His eyes scanning the mirrors, His knowledge of which exit to take.

Our God is good. He is trustworthy. He's a good driver.
God is God. We are not. That's a gift and not a hindrance to a good life.

Are you trying to drive or are you comfortable in surrender? 

{photo: @missy_e}

About the Author

Nadine Schroeder≫ ≫Nadine is a noticer of the many small beauties in the everyday and seeks to be a relentless cheerleader of others. She believes strongly that the Gospel is applicable everyday and that the good life is now. She can be found with a black coffee in hand, eyes watching the ever changing colour of the sky, with a new idea about to be shared on Instagram (@nadinewouldsay) or on her blog http://nadinewoudlsay.com . She lives on the west coast of Canada but while hanging out with us she’ll be moving cross country to Montreal.

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