Switching Seats

by | Mar 24, 2010 | Encouragement, God, me

Have you ever heard the saying, “If Jesus is your co-pilot, switch seats!”?  I realized last night that I needed to switch seats…
Country music artist, Carrie Underwood sings a song called “Jesus Take the Wheel.”  Maybe you’ve heard it.  It’s about giving up control of one’s life completely and giving control to Jesus.  It’s about surrendering.  It’s about switching seats!  The chorus goes like this:
“Jesus, take the wheel

Take it from my hands

Cause I can’t do this on my own
I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I’m on
Jesus, take the wheel”
After experiencing my P.A.T. last Thursday, I feel like God has used that experience to wake me up.  I recently told my BSF leader friends during one of our fellowships that I feel like I’m doing everything God wants me to do in my life right now.  Meaning…I’m a BSF leader which I knew I was supposed to do this year.  I’m at Mission of Hope at least two days a week, which I know without a doubt God has called to do.  I am also called to be a flexible and loving mom and wife, and also to help women be the best they can be through my business. 
Please know, though, I’m in no way bragging here.  I needed to do some reflecting through the month of February when my schedule was so full that I felt like my life was almost spinning out of control, plus with some of the trials my family and I experienced that month.  So this confirmation of being sure I was doing the things God wanted me to do have been very fresh in my mind…which gave me great peace.
But then Thursday happened.  Why?  I don’t know and I don’t understand.  After a follow-up appointment with my family doctor yesterday, and having being told I needed to go through some more testing, I became more confused, frustrated and upset.  I then had a “moment” after I got home.  After sharing the news with Bill with tears, having dinner together as a family, and spending time on the couch last night with the kids, I released all of my confusion, frustration and control.  I imagined handing bags full of those things to Jesus.  “I can’t do this on my own…I can’t be on control any longer…I’m going to let You be.  Thank you.”  I switched seats.

It’s not the first time I’ve done this though…I’ve switched seats before.  And somehow I always end up sliding back, or at least trying to get, into the driver’s seat.  Surrendering, I’m deciding, should be a daily thing…maybe even an hourly thing.  My life really isn’t mine…and when will I learn that things are better when I give control up and let Him be in charge?  So as I have more tests done tomorrow and in the weeks ahead, I will consciously let Jesus take the wheel, as I focus on staying the co-pilot.  If He’s in control, there’s no sense in worrying or fretting.  Besides, He’s a better driver than me anyway, and He knows the way! 🙂

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