I found that I am prepared for driving through the storm, best when I give Him the wheel! The experiences I have in life have demonstrated to me that when I anticipate a storm, I brace myself and start preparing.
This last weekend, my husband and I left our area to go visit my sister and her family. They live around six hours away from us, and further north than we do. My husband, Daniel, as he usually does, checked the weather. He saw how the weather was calm, with no snow here in the St Louis area on Friday, the day that we left. We should not experience any other weather on the trip north but possibly some rain on Saturday while we were up in Wisconsin.
On Sunday though, we saw that we would encounter a snow storm on our way back home. Knowing this, we decided it was best to take our safer vehicle, a 4 wheel drive Hummer. This way, we felt we could better handle the roads as we traveled. Make the wisest choices for what we will encounter is critical in life too! If we did not have a sturdier vehicle, we may have needed to reschedule our plans.
Change To Give Him The Wheel In The Storm
As we drove home on Sunday, I saw very small amounts of snow, grow to large amounts and larger flakes, the closer we got to home. I could barely see flakes at first. At other times, I could see larger flakes, coming down very rapidly, making it very difficult to see through the windshield. We had to turn the wipers on to move quickly to clear the windshield.
As we drove further along, the more rapidly the knew then, that we were “in the storm.” We had now reached what we heard was coming!
The changes we experience in life though, can surprise us. There are calm times, then there are busy times, that we have to prepare and be aware that they are coming. What are we going to do and how are we going to react to change? I can honestly say, that I don’t always react to change gracefully! When I see I am in the busiest, craziest part of the storm, I get real nervous about what can or will happen. Then I start thinking of all of the possibilities, and I think negatively, instead of just being calm.
Often, I think of how people on the road drive, when watch news reports and I then get concerned that this will happen! I can see many people who do not know how to drive in this weather and believe that they should not be out, because they are not prepared for what has come.
Adapting In The Storm, When He Takes the Wheel
When we reach the storm, either while driving, or in any aspect of our life, we have to make changes. The weather now has affected what we were planning to do. We have to slow down and adjust what we planned to do. Remember, when driving through the storm, give Him the wheel! I had to change and reschedule appointments for Monday. We have to adapt to the circumstances we are in. Stay calm, watch and wait for it to clear. At times, we made plans or hoped something would happen , but it didn’t. It is disappointing to us. We have to live though with what comes, and deal with what happens. http://stltoday.com
Beauty Minus Comfort In The Storm
I love the beauty of the snow, especially looking out of our windows in our house, but I don’t like the cold. I don’t like the hassle and the discomfort that the cold brings when having specifically a snow storm. https://heartshare.blog/2019/11/30/in-bright-or-dim-lights-lets-see-him/Seeing how things turn out as snow develops is great, but I don’t like how it feels right then. This reminds me of the verse, Hebrews 12:11 . Our discipline is not pleasant. Good things happen even when things don’t seem pleasant at that moment.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.Hebrews 12:11 NIV
Jesus, Take the Wheel
Carrie Underwood sings the song, Jesus Take the Wheel!” I am reminded of how when He takes the wheel, He makes the adjustments and changes necessary! He will make all things beautiful in His time! I also love the verse Isaiah 61:3 that speaks of turning beauty from ashes. Though it is hard for some of us, we can believe that God will really make change. Beauty is in the middle of uncomfortable, difficult circumstances that we are not prepared for. We must believe that God is in full control no matter how much we prepare, adapt and deal with change. Giving Him full control is something that my husband and I are learning at the moment.
…to bestow on them a crown of beauty, instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.Isaiah 61:3 NIV
We must remember, when driving through the storm, give Him the wheel!