Many years ago I heard a comedian say, “My wife does all the driving. All I have to do is sit the with the steering wheel in my hand.” Backseat or passenger seat driver jokes are funny, whether about husbands, wives, or mother-in-laws. I am quickly realizing that in about 10 months most of my driving will be from the passenger seat that is when Andrew turns 15.
This morning as I let him back the truck out of the garage (shh! Don’t tell my insurance provider) I started thinking. . . Who is behind the wheel of our lives. Who is in control of the choices and decisions I make daily? Who decides what I am going to do and where I am going? In other words, “who’s driving?”
Every now and then I see a bumper sticker or front tag on a vehicle that says, “God is my Co-Pilot.” I beg to differ. As a Christian, we should let Jesus be in the pilot’s (driver’s) seat. God gave him that right as He is head over all things (Eph 1:22-23), He has preeminence (Col 1:15-18). Jesus as Lord has the right to control the daily life of Christians, we are after all “bought with a price” (Acts 20:28) and now are “crucified with Christ” yet we are living, not as self but Christ living in us (Gal 2:20).
So in the words of the Carrie Underwood song, “Jesus take the wheel” not just in emergencies, but in everyday life.