Have you ever driven through a really bad snowstorm? (OK, that might be hard to imagine in May!) What about a heavy down pouring of rain, where the roads are so sleek that you hydroplane a bit here and there?
Scary, isn’t it?
I remember driving one time from Wyoming to Colorado during the beginning of a blizzard. The roads were especially treacherous, but I just “had” to get home that night. I gripped the wheel so tightly and drove so tensely that when I did finally arrive home, I was a mess. My hands ached from the tension of clenching the steering wheel for two hours nonstop.
To this day, I don’t really like to drive in the snow. It still makes me a bit nervous.
But, I love in Colorado. So, it’s gonna snow again here (shocker, right?!?). And, sure enough, I will probably need to drive somewhere when it does snow again. (Thankfully, Starbuck’s has drive-thru locations everywhere near me. Whew. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about preschool.)
I can’t change that it will snow. I can change how I drive in it.
It is the same with LIFE.
A “life snowstorm” might range from the mildly scary / heartbreaking to an avalanche of pain and despair. We often can’t change the event itself. It’s just life. It happens. (I do not say this flippantly. I have had many heartbreaking events occur in my past.)
Life snowstorms will happen. We can’t change that. But we can change how we drive through them.
Are you clenching the wheel so tightly that your fingers are numb from the pain of holding on? Do you have nightmares of not making it through this particular storm? Are you trying to control every turn on the road by yourself? Are you afraid to look anywhere but the few feet right in front of you?
Dear BFF, have you forgotten you can ask Someone more experienced to drive for you?
“Because he loves me, “says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him
And show him my salvation.”
Psalm 91:14-16, NIV
I know it’s cliche to say, but He can take the wheel if you let Him. Relax your grip. In fact, why not let go of driving altogether??? (Wow! Imagine that!) Are you ready? I know you can do it, and more importantly, so does He! C’mon. Hop in the back seat, turn up some joyful music, and dance a little in your seat, knowing that the most capable Driver is in charge of it all.
He’s got this, girlfriend. (Yep, even this snowstorm.) He’s got this.
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