Simple Devotions
For the Complex Life

Icy Roads

"If you would have given me good directions," I snapped at my fiancee. We weren't lost, but we had definitely taken a detour trying to get to our destination. And now that we were nearly there, we once again missed our turn.

I really wasn't being fair to her, since we had both had a very stressful weekend driving over 600 miles to visit family in two states, and neither one of us getting much sleep. But regardless, we had been arguing all morning on and off, up to that very point. For at the moment I said that, we hit ice.

I remember so very clearly my thoughts as we pinballed off the curb and headed towards another car, "Lord, please stop the car." What must have been just a few seconds seemed like forever as I watched our vehicle glide uncontrolled towards the other. Praying and braking I was still not sure we would avoid an accident... but finally, we stopped about an inch from the other car's bumper.

The more and more I thought about the near accident, the more and more I realized that it wasn't just the car that needed to be stopped, it was also my attitude towards my fiancee. Instead of patiently working with her to find the place, I started taking things on myself, feeling that I could do it alone (Matthew 23:12). And it was when I took the detour back to our location that we hit ice, and things went from bad to worse.

I think this is something that we all do, not only with driving. We start to feel frustrated or angry at someone, or something, and when difficult situations arise we often isolate ourselves and try to take charge; instead of silencing ourselves and taking a moment to pray. So often, we forget that we have an Almighty, loving God who is just waiting for us to call on Him. So often we forget that we will never have absolute control over our lives, but that God is always in control. And so often, it takes a patch of ice, complete inability, for us to realize this.

Today what things are you stumbling with? What things in your life are frustrating you, angering you, and scaring you? No matter what your burdens, we have a God who loves us so much that He is willing to take away your burdens (Isaiah 40:28-31), forgive your wrong doings (1 John 1:9), and deliver you from the pain and suffering you are in (Psalm 91:1-16). And all we need to do is stop, and pray. And God has promised us, that in His perfect timing, He will deliver us, for nothing can separate us from God's promises, nor His love (Romans 8:38-39).