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Can I Drive?

Can I Drive? (By Tim Klink of Prison Discipleship Ministry)

A dad and his ten year old son were just pulling out of the driveway to run a few errands when the son asked him if he could drive. In a dream, the dad would have said, “Sure son. Scoot on over here” and dad would have sat in the passenger seat. But since real life is not a dream, the dad didn’t say “no,” he said “not yet.”

Why didn’t the dad allow his beloved son to drive the car that day? If the son drove, he probably didn’t know the way to their destination. Much time would have been wasted trying to find the right roads. If the son drove, he would not know that there were potholes in the road.  He wouldn’t know to steer around them or slow down as he passed over them. Hitting potholes can knock the car out of alignment, which causes it to go down the road crooked.

If the son drove, he probably would not know what the traffic signs meant, especially the round-about sign. He would enter it and just keep going around and around, not knowing that he was to exit at the proper place. If the son drove, his childish curiosity would draw his eyes off of the road ahead, and he would be distracted by the cat chasing the squirrel up the tree. The car would continue to move forward, but there would be no one controlling it. If the son drove, he would not know how to properly and safely react when someone pulled out into his path.

Great harm can come to not only him and his dad, but to others also when a situation is not reacted to quickly and definitively. If the son drove, the destination may or may not be reached, but much time would be wasted on the journey. Errands that needed done in the allotted amount of time would not be accomplished. If the son drove, the dad would be sitting on the edge of the seat trying to get the son to do the right thing at the right time, but the son would not know how.

How many times we ask God, “Can I drive?” as we go through life? And how many times do we not even ask, but simply just drive off in our own direction?

1 Peter 5:7 
Casting all your care upon him; for He careth for you

In other words, let God drive.

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