BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THE CAR
Please listen to Psalm 100 . 5 vs. My NIV Bible states a Psalm for giving thanks.
1. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.
3. Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His, we are His people, the sheep of his pasture.
4. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.
5. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.
Years ago, I heard a preacher say this: You never see the nature of Adam, our old sinful nature, our human nature as well as when we get behind the wheel of a car. Rude behavior has escalated into Road Rage and people die.
I drove a lot as a visiting nurse and often mad at poor drivers. I tried giving them a nursing diagnosis: INABILITY TO DRIVE SAFELY / POTENTIAL TO CAUSE FATAL ACCIDENT / INSUFFICIENT MANNERS or COMMON COURTESY ABSENT. That was kinda fun but it didn't help my anger. Then I tried what I had heard someone else do . . just say "Go ahead friend . . if you're in that much of a hurry . . go ahead"! That only worked if they were not a danger to me. Then I tried giving hand signals . . you know . . thumbs up or down . . where they could not see :)
Finally one day I saw a verse in John 14:27 in the Amplified Bible. It starts out where Jesus says do not let your heart be troubled or afraid. The Amplified breaks it down into 6 details . . stop allowing yourself to be agitated and disturbed / do not permit yourself to be fearful, intimidated, cowardly, unsettled.
Stop allowing yourself. Do not permit yourself.
THIS IS A COMMAND!
THIS - IS - A - COMMAND - AS - MUCH- AS - THOU - SHALT - NOT - KILL!
We are commanded NOT to be troubled or afraid. A command is something that does not come naturally. You don't need to command a child to eat desert.
Stop allowing yourself to be agitated . . agitation . . think of a washing machine. Getting all perturbed and shaking inside when a driver pulls out in front of you and you have to slam on the brakes . . your life was in danger . . it's a threat . . something happened to us that we cannot control.
2. Stop allowing yourself to be disturbed. Have you ever been parked at a
railroad track and a train is coming and then the car in front of you or in
back of you decides to run the gauntlet - - weave in and out of the long bars
across the road and beat the train? That reminds me of a child or grandchild
who is making poor decisions.
3. Do not permit yourself to be fearful. How much time do we all spend fearful
of what might happen? Most of time what we worry about never happens
but meanwhile our body suffers because it only knows we're upset. It can't
tell if the dangers are real or only because of what we are anticipating.
4. Do not permit yourself to be intimidated. Do you ever have another driver
"ride your bumper"? You are driving the speed limit but they cannot pass
want you to go faster . . after all . . "everyone else does it".
5. Do not permit yourself to be cowardly. That would be when Jerry & I have
driven through Atlanta on the way to Florida. Actually he's driving and it's
me that's cowardly. I'm like the cowardly lion in the Wizard of Oz.
6. Do not permit yourself to be unsettled. It's like a driver behind you who
CAN pass but won't. It wears you down like a long term life problem that
does not go away.
Now, here are a couple things that helped me. The Gospel of John 16:22
NO ONE TAKES AWAY YOUR JOY! (Not even a bad driver.)
No one can steal your joy in the Lord and ruin your day!
Secondly, remember the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed? It always plays on TV at Christmas. The main character is George Bailey who gets a chance to see how life would be if he himself had never been born. Jerry and I know a lot of the words by heart.
In this movie there is an angel, Clarence Oddbody, 2nd class. He was sent from heaven to help George who is in financial trouble. Clarence answers to another angel who is still in heaven whose name is Joseph. Clarence looks up to the sky often and talks to Joseph. An example is "Joseph, how am I doing?"
It helped me while driving to keep a vertical albeit inside outlook. I didn't need to look heavenward and take my eyes off the road, but I could be thinking . .
How am I doing, Lord? Lord, how should I react? Did you see that, Lord?
If you are a Christian, Jesus Is right there with you . . ever since you got up this morning.