“At some point, I realized that God’s truth shining brightly into my life is similar to those high beams I used during my trip. His truth illuminates so much more than my own feeble understanding will ever show me. In this way, God desires my life journey to be one I can enjoy with Him, just as I started to take pleasure in my night excursion once I turned on my high beams.”
That quote above was from my previous post, “God’s High Beams.” In my post here, I want to expand even more on what I learned driving over a dark mountain pass last weekend.
That night, I discovered three more comparisons between night driving and living life. First off, night driving often becomes even harder when you are trying to follow someone. On one hand, it can be comforting to look ahead at the bright red of their tail lights showing you the way to go. But, especially when the car is going faster than you feel comfortable driving, trying to follow someone ahead of you can simply cause too much anxiety. However, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). So He is the only one we really need to worry about following! I don’t need to try to follow in another person’s footsteps through life, no matter how much I may admire them.
Second, someone following behind you too closely often pushes you to drive faster than you feel is safe. In real life, no one should make us feel insecure or uncertain as we follow God’s plan. In Isaiah 42:1 it says, “Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me.” If we are truly seeking to please God and not those around us then the “pushes and pulls” that others continually inflict upon us shouldn’t affect us like they often do (see Galatians 1:10). Yet, this is often one of the harder realities of my walk with God to put into practice.
Third, I found that the journey became much more pleasant when it was just me and my high beams alone on the road. So often we let the half-truths of this world or other man-made idols creep into our lives. Not only is this not the way God calls us to live, it certainly make life harder and less enjoyable. “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only“ (Luke 4:8). My travels over the pass at night recently illustrated this need to allow God’s truth and His truth alone to shine brightly into my life.
May you follow the One who is in truly in control as you let the truth of His Word illuminate your life, recognizing that He has created you to travel this life at your own pace and in your own unique way.
**I am linking up with Holley Gerth’s Coffee for Your Heart today. Click on the image below to find other great posts in the linkup.**