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Going Adrift

Written by Jenny Brake on

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Prov. 3:5-6).

Even though my navy-blue Durango was pushing 150,000 miles, it was running great. The rust that was eating away under the gas cap didn’t bother me much, nor did the fact that the leather seats were cracking. I liked my SUV, and my friends and family recognized it by the Bigfoot decal on the back (and hopefully not by the rust).

But my dear hubby got me a newer vehicle for a milestone wedding anniversary. Perhaps it was the passive and snarky comments about not wanting just an anniversary card that spurred him on—or maybe guilted him—in getting me something really nice. Or maybe I just needed a better car, and he loves me that much. Either way, it was a great gift and I sure do like it!

My new car has some bells and whistles that I didn’t even know were out there. I have a heated steering wheel, GPS, USB ports, and—the coolest feature—an automatic driver’s-lane correction. If my wheels wander over the lines on the highway, my car actually pulls slightly back into the correct lane. My auto auto-corrects. How cool is that? I am not sure how it knows to do that, but it knows, and my car helps me stay in my lane.

Please don’t think that I am a crazy driver with poor steering skills who wanders all over Keystone Avenue or US 31. I can be a tad distracted though, just like we all can be. Everyone takes their eyes off the road sometimes. Some more than others.

You know that line by Aristotle, “Art imitates life”? I think it has merit. I believe this is a perfect example of art imitating life, specifically the spiritual life.

Someone at GM has created or modeled an expression of “being an image-bearer” in my automobile. Here’s what I mean: The imitating-genius of my GM miracle reminds me of the way that the Holy Spirit helps me stay in my life’s lane. I don’t even want to know how many times my mind has wandered away from God, only to be gently pulled back from that drifting. I know that’s why I tear up every time I hear the hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”:

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; Prone to leave the God I love:
Take my heart, oh, take and seal it With Thy Spirit from above

What a marvelous God we have that he would send his only Son to atone for our sin, give us eternal life, and send his Holy Spirit to dwell in us here on planet earth (including on Keystone Avenue). And he is conforming us to the likeness of his Son.

My husband may have given me a sweet new car for our anniversary, but God has given me a sweeter reminder of his delight and love for me. Every time the wheels of my new car slightly drift over the white lines on the highway, the steering wheel brings me back into my lane.

“God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Jenny Brake

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