Driving lessons was a topic of conversation today. Learning to drive takes more than just getting behind the wheel. When I was a kid we took drivers education in high school. First we had to study and get our learners permit. Once we had our learners permit we had lessons within the confines of a supervised, supportive, and safe environment. Our parents enjoyed the hair raising and often frightful moments of taking us out on the road. We practiced parallel parking in front of the house over and over and over again. It was daylight driving only and with a licensed diver over a certain age who had to be present whenever we started out on the road. Stick, straight or automatic; driving lessons are always serious business. When we finally got our very own drivers permit we discovered freedom; a feeling of freedom that only the open road can bring into life.
Mark 8:34 MSG
“Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am.”
Freedom is subjective. That first feeling of freedom we caught when we finally drove alone is nothing when compared to the freedom we find in Jesus. When Jesus is in our drivers seat we aren’t giving up anything; we are gaining everything. ‘Jesus take the wheel’ isn’t just the title of a song; it’s the only way to live.