Lessons from driving in the snow
Penned by Torin Dooley
The second or third day of the snow last week I had a run into some uncomfortable conditions as I was driving. As I was cruising down my street, thinking I could get through anything with my newer 4-wheel drive car, I started sliding side to side and I was unsure if I was going to gain traction again. As my car finally slowed and was not out of control anymore, I started to be much more cautious on the streets, only going 10 over the limit instead of 20 (just kidding). But, I did start to think about what I was doing and not blindly thinking that my car and myself were strong enough to do it on my own.
After I was at home, thinking about the drive and the weird feeling of not really being in control of my car, or my life for that matter, I was reminded of the Scripture I had just read. In 2 Corinthians 1.8-11 Paul writes:
“8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,[a] about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many”
As my circumstances were not as severe as Paul’s or the Corinthian’s, I still was in a circumstance I thought I could control but could not. I started to understand what Paul wrote in verse 9, “But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” I so badly wanted to be able to handle it without any help, let alone do something different in order to get through the weather conditions. But, no matter how hard I tried, I had to slow down and take the proper steps in order to get to where I was going safely. Similarly to Paul, he was given those circumstances so that he would rely on God, not on his own strength or might. My eyes were opened to how much I truly believe(d) that I can do it on my own. God will help when I really need Him. Newsflash, I always need God. There is never a situation when I don’t need Him. I was humbled in that moment.
I thought more about my work and how I put pressure on myself to do something with what God has given me. Since He placed me where I am, I should know what to do and shouldn’t need His or anyone else’s help. But the goal is not to do a lot with what God has given me. Rather, it is to see what God can do with what I give Him. Whether that is my heart, time, trust, love, obedience, circumstances, or anything else. I need to rely on Him throughout the circumstance and in the midst of anything I go though. He is the one I need to set my hope on because He will continue to deliver. Even when it seems like there is no way out, or like in Paul’s case, a sentence to death. God is willing and able.
What do you need to give God today?