God’s High Beams

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“Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.” (Habakkuk 3:19 KJV)

As I raced over a dark mountain pass this last weekend, I was reminded of a blog post I wrote recently about how night driving relates to our lives.  And I frantically thought, “I disagree!  I do not agree with what I wrote back then!”

In my Feb 15th “Step By Step” post I wrote:

“Anne Lamott’s book, Bird by Bird, says this: “E.L Doctorow once said that ‘writing a novel is like driving a car at night.  You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’  You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way.  You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you.  This is right up there with the best advice about writing, or life, I have ever heard.”  And I would have to agree!

I agree because most of us don’t go out driving at night and then come all unglued because we can’t see the road ahead of us any further than our headlights show us.  No, we understand that our headlights will illuminate just enough of the road that is needed for us at the moment.  Night driving is such a commonplace occurrence that we don’t usually worry about it at all.  But such is not always the case with our lives.”

Yet, after this most recent incident with night driving, I have to politely (or maybe not so politely) disagree with those statements in bold.  Or else play up the word “usually” in that last sentence.  Sometimes night driving is a cause of concern for me!

Because as I drove up the pass, I realized I was becoming unglued that I couldn’t see the curves of the road ahead of me very well (including much of the road striping the snowplows had scraped off over the winter).  So I kept on going with white knuckles gripping the steering wheel and my heart pounding in my chest – nervous, scared and anxious.

I have driven this pass before without any worries at all, mostly because I usually make sure to do it in the daylight.  This time, however, it was having to maneuver through the darkness which got me so worked up.  And as I drove along, thoughts started coming to mind relating this experience to my own faith journey.

At times, life can simply be a matter of hurtling ahead while we hold on for the ride – white knuckles and all.  The twists and turns of our ever-changing lives can happen so quickly that sometimes we can hardly keep up.  At those moments I get the same feeling I had speeding around dark curves with only what felt like a very ineffective pair of headlights to guide me.  My breathing gets shallow, my brow furrows, my chest tightens and my mind starts racing a million miles a minute.

But on the rare occasions during my drive when I could flip on my high beams, it seemed like a whole other world out there.  During those times, I could clearly see the objects ahead of me.  My worries and fears calmed down and the physical aspects of my anxiety lessened as well.  I began to enjoy the journey instead of fearing each bend in the road.

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 my high beams on.

May God’s truth shine just as brightly into the dark places of your own life right now, enabling you to enjoy the journey as you place your trust in Him.

“Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.” (Habakkuk 3:19 KJV)

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