Backseat Driver?

25 Oct

Friends and Family,

Recently I was on a mission trip to Guatemala with Seek ‘n Serve Ministries.  A standard part of the mission trip and one of the highlights for me was attending a local church on Sunday morning.  The pastor said something that morning I cannot get out of my head.  At first I thought it was such a strange statement.

His statement was something like “too often we act like the Holy Spirit is in the trunk.” As I thought about it throughout the week it started to make perfect sense: “Holy Spirit in the trunk.”  I don’t know about you but when I have something in my trunk I barely know it is there – I completely forget about it.

Sometimes though we act like the Holy Spirit is in the back seat – we know it is there, we even may pay attention to it, but probably don’t listen to it very often. And sometimes we act like the Holy Spirit in is the passenger seat – very aware of it at most times and even listening to it on occasion – but we are still in the driver’s seat; we are still in control.

God wants us to allow Him to be in the driver’s seat giving Him total control of our lives at all times. Have you ever noticed the difference between being the driver and being the passenger especially on a long trip?

  1. The driver tends to be stressed out while the passenger is more relaxed.
  2. The driver focuses more on the destination while the passenger more enjoys the journey.
  3. The driver tends to see the dangers and obstacles while the passenger is able to enjoy the sights and views along the trip.
  4. And finally, upon arriving at the destination the driver is exhausted while the passenger arrives well rested and refreshed.

 God wants us to allow Him to be in control, for us to rest in Him, but how do we do this? By submitting to the Holy Spirit, by putting the Holy Spirit in the driver’s seat and just enjoying the journey.  Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

In His Service,


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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Rest


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