Four years ago I was traveling with my dad from Abuja to Taraba state ( northern Nigeria 🇳🇬) to go pick up my mum. I had just returned home for the summer holidays and my Dad felt it would be a very good idea for us to bond after being away for about a year, and since I had never visited Taraba state that was an opportunity for me so we began our journey.
The distance from Abuja to Taraba state is about 10 hours by road, so you can imagine how tired I was coupled with the fact that some of the roads were really bad with lots of potholes like that wasn’t enough, it started raining.
I slept off so many times while my dad Drove, I would wake up talk to him and then sleep back it continued like that until we were almost close to our destination and then my dad said something to me.
He said can you imagine how you slept soundly almost all through the journey even with the potholes and how I had to keep swerving in order to avoid accidents, also with the fact that it was raining and the road wasn’t visible enough but still you weren’t disturbed you kept on sleeping because you knew I would drive carefully. I smiled and told him I trusted him with the wheels.
This was the point where he threw the punchline he said this is how we all should be with God in our daily walk with him in other words this is the kind of relationship we should have with our father Jesus. We should get to that point where we are just so peaceful and relaxed even when there are potholes on the road and storms rage You don’t get worried or terrified because you know God has got your back.
Last week Sunday, the focus of the teaching was on worry and we were taught that worry means sidelining God from the picture of your life. I couldn’t have agreed more because most times when we go through things we automatically take God out of the picture we start looking for help else where and we forget he is with us . We feel like he won’t show up at the time we need him to and he can’t possibly understand what we are going through. While you are trying to help yourself out , Fear kicks in and since fear breeds anxiety, you become anxious and the end product becomes depression.
I was talking to a friend and I said jesus take the wheel and she said how about Jesus take the whole car. How brilliant!!! Yes Jesus I don’t want to give you just a part of me “the wheel” I want you to take the whole of me “ the whole car” That is the only way I can get rid of worry or fear because I know my life is His and He is in charge.
Some of us still have areas of our lives that we have not fully surrendered to Him and we are battling daily, and worrying about things which ideally we are not meant to worry about. Isn’t it funny how much we trust our earthly parents or human beings more than we trust God? We even trust our ideas more than God’s word and promises, we forget that man fails, ideas come and go, friends walk away, people disappoint even some parents give up on their kids but JESUS NEVER FAILS, HE NEVER FORSAKES HIS OWN, HE NEVER CHANGES HE IS THE SAME YESTERDAY TODAY AND FOREVER AND HE IS EVER WILLING TO SHOULDER YOUR BURDENS.
Isaiah 43:1-2(voice translation)
Eternal One: Remember who created you, O Jacob? Who shaped you, O Israel? See, you have nothing to fear. I, who made you, will take you back. I have chosen you, named you as My own. When you face stormy seas I will be there with you with endurance and calm; you will not be engulfed in raging rivers. If it seems like you’re walking through fire with flames licking at your limbs, keep going; you won’t be burned.
LET GO OF YOUR FEARS AND WORRIES AND LET GOD IN , YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID.
Have a blessed day