Never forget who’s behind the wheel on life’s highway

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By Roger Alford

Maybe you heard about the two elderly ladies enjoying a leisurely drive to church one Sunday morning.
The car blew through two red lights, a couple of stop signs, and missed the turn into the church drive.
“Do you realize you just passed the church?” the passenger asked.
“Oh, dear,” said the other. “Am I driving?”
Clearly, we need to know who is in the driver’s seat of our lives. Hopefully, we’ve all learned to allow the Lord to steer us in the directions we should go.
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand” (Proverbs 19:21).
For some people, giving the Lord complete control can be scary, but, the fact is, there should be nothing more comforting to us than knowing we’ve yielded our lives to him.
When Joshua, who followed Moses as leader of the Israelites, was feeling unsure of his abilities in his new role, God offered him words of encouragement that I believe are helpful for all of us today.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
Scripture also lets us know that God is ultimately in control, despite the plans we have for our lives.
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).
So, while we need to hang onto the steering wheel in our automobiles, we should always yield control of our lives to our Lord. He will never steer us in the wrong direction.

Roger Alford offers words of encouragement to residents of America’s heartland. Reach him at rogeralford1@gmal.com.