Since Bill and I started traveling, I have had to learn to do many things that make me uncomfortable. Not bad things, just things out of my comfort zone. For instance, driving my car up a ramp into an enclosed trailer. I know that doesn’t sound like a big deal, but to me it is terrifying. You must drive the car very close to the right side of the trailer so that you can squeeze out of the driver seat on the left side while at the same time making sure you don’t hit the fenders, which you can’t even see. Then when we get to where we are going, I back the car out of the trailer, making sure I stay on a ramp that once again, I can’t even see. My mirrors are folded in, so I can’t even use them to help me back up. I am totally dependent on Bill and his signals. In addition, I have also had to drive the motor home and trailer, which is 66 feet long. But believe it or not, going forward in the motor home makes me the least nervous. I figure the trailer has no choice but to follow the camper. And then, I have had to back the motor home and trailer up, with Bill behind the trailer making these strange hand motions.
Visualize this. Bill is 70 feet behind me. I am looking through the mirror and I see his arms moving in all directions. What does he want me to do? The motor is running and noisy, so I can’t ask him what he wants me to do. So, what do I do? I just guess. And then when I get really frustrated, I just quit looking at him. If he wants me to do something, he will have to be much clearer than that. He will need to explain to me exactly what his signals mean because I really don’t like doing this anyway. Lol. By the way, we did have a lesson on the hand signals of truck drivers.
I wonder how many times we treat God the same way. We see his signals and we try to follow them. Or we see his signals, but we don’t understand them and maybe we don’t even like them. Sometimes, we ignore the signals hoping they will go away or maybe we just wait, hoping God will give us better signals. And then, finally, we just turn our back on him. Maybe if we act like we can’t do something or don’t want to do something, God will change his plans.
Can you relate to this? In Proverb 3:5-6, Solomon says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all they ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” So why can’t we do this? Why can’t we just take God’s signals and do what he says, believing that he will guide us in the right direction every time? And why can’t we just stay focused on God, never looking around and never turning back? Always remembering what Jesus said in Luke 9:62, “…no man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.