So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help. (Isaiah 30:18)
You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. (Galatians 5:7-8)
Relate: Tamera Batiste took backseat driving to a whole new level. Her boyfriend was taking her to work and she kept nagging and nagging him that he was driving too slow. Apparently her nagging wasn’t motivating him enough to speed up so she had to illustrate her point. She told him it would be faster to walk to work, opened the passenger door, and stuck her foot out. She then ended up falling out of the car. Since it was currently moving along at normal speed for the highway they were on, Tamera did not survive the fall. Her plan to get to work a little faster apparently didn’t quite pan out as she imagined it.
What idiot opens up a door and sticks their foot out of a moving car that is traveling along at highway speeds? Then again, how dumb is it to get behind the wheel when you’re drunk? Yet one in four people aged 25 will have done so at least once this year. If I were to say, “Russian Roulette” most people would know exactly what I was referring to. If there weren’t people dumb enough to play the game, there would never have been a name for it.
React: It is easy for me to sit back and laugh at the people who commit such blatant acts of stupidity. It is easy to see in hindsight how dumb people can be at times. But how many times, on a spiritual level am I acting just as stupid. From the perspective of an observer from heaven, how dumb must my sin, my rebellion to God really look? Beyond the sin, how dumb do my ideas of how things should go look from the perspective of eternity? How often are my prayers really just a religious way for me to offer “advice” to God of how things should be? God has a much better plan for my life than I could ever dream up. He’s written out a rule book for how I can live my life to the fullest? He’s waiting there to help me follow it. Why am I so often, so unwilling to follow His plan?
God, I know that You have a better plan than any I could dream up. I know that, compared to Your omniscience, the sum of my intelligence amounts only to a pile of stupidity. I know this. I know that I know it. Yet so often I still insist on doing things my own way. Help me to stop myself when I begin to wander off in my own direction. Help me to see how much better Your plan really is. Every day, on every step of my journey, lead me, Lord, and help me to follow.