Thursday, August 16, 2012

Trying to Push God Down the Road?


Think about how much time you spend in a car, whether it’s commuting to work, driving your kids to activities, or just running errands. We Americans spend vast amounts of time in our vehicles, which means we also share a lot of time on the road with other drivers.

Seattle is a fabulous place to live with the mountains, the ocean, and moderate temperatures. The area is a vast playground for outdoor enthusiasts and a cultural treasure for those who love the arts. But there is one thing that makes us all crazy. Seattle is one of the worst cities for traffic.  Not only are there numerous cars on the road . . . there is a plethora of bad drivers. 

My husband is not a patient man when following a slow driver—especially a person going below the speed limit. Even though he doesn’t tolerate people tailgating him, he can’t resist creeping up behind someone when they’re keeping him from his destination.

I try to gently remind him that pushing a person down the road isn’t the answer . . .

Okay—I’ll admit that there are times when I get a little irritated too. But getting impatient doesn’t solve anything. There are also possible ramifications for being in a hurry. Like speeding tickets. Or worse yet—accidents that cause people harm. Yet, we can’t seem to stop ourselves. We want to get there—wherever it is—as soon as we can!

We may also treat God like a slow driver who doesn’t know what he’s doing. When things don’t happen as quickly as we’d like, we may fuss and fume—rant and rave. 

In our writing life, we may try to push God down the road faster than what he knows is right—or safe for us. We may be stuck behind following, but he’s aware of the dips, holes, and debris up ahead.

We may think that our novel is ready—that we’re ready—for publication for the first time or the fifty-first time. But if God slows the journey down because a little more time is needed to avoid the ruts in the road, we need to trust that he’ll lead us to highways where we can travel at a more comfortable pace. 

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3: 1 NIV)

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3: 11 NIV)

I recently learned an acronym for P.U.S.H.  Pray Until Something Happens. There is wisdom in doing our part, and then praying and relying on God’s wisdom to make things happen in due time.

After all, the goal is to reach our destination, not crash and burn on the way there.

Enjoy the journey . . .  and believe that you’ll arrive just in time.

~ Dawn

7 comments:

  1. I am so guilty of this, Dawn! If things don't happen in MY time, I go into "make it happen" mode. I guess this shows a lack of trust on my part, huh?

    Thanks for reminding me to enjoy the journey. :)

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    1. I hear you, Angie! I like to feel in control, but the truth is . . . God is the one in control. And isn't that much more freeing than to believe we have to do it all on our own? LOL

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  2. Thanks for this beautiful reminder! Very appropriate - especially for us writers!

    Cheers,
    Sue

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    1. You're welcome, Susan! I'm glad it was helpful.

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  3. I love this, Dawn. How much more peaceful I am when I rest in His timing, rather than anxiously try to make things happen. Thank you for the beautiful reminder.

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    1. I agree, Ocieanna. Feeling peaceful is so much better than feeling anxious, worried, or stressed. Pretty much a no-brainer. Why do we make things so difficult?

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  4. Great analogy, Dawn, and love your acronym for PUSH! I still wrestle with this, too. Things just don't happen fast enough, do they? In the writing business, waiting is the name of the game, though. Being published doesn't change that. What a gentle reminder from Ecclesiastes that God's timing is perfect.

    Thanks for sharing your heart, Dawn. :-)

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