I woke up this morning with an odd request on my mind. I thought, today God, let me not be Glenn but be just your son instead. Sometimes it just wears you out being you, and there is a longing for peace, clarity and complete trust that God is in charge, and we no longer have to be. Even after years of a chance to mature in our relationship with the Lord, we tend to try to control too much of what we are not in control of.
So, just for today (but I hope more often) I am switching lanes. I am getting out of the passing lane and staying in the lane where slower traffic is just so I am paying attention to His GPS and not mine.
We can get here in the wrong lane pretty easy. Life circumstances, especially the more difficult times tend to make us take a tighter control of the steering wheel. Though we hope to rely on God, hope is not a strategy, letting go of the wheel is. When we start to lose things and people, we think that if we just paid more attention, if we just did this or that, then things might be different, but the truth is we will never totally understand this life or the total nature of how God works.
So we need to spend less time trying to justify or figuring it all out and more time watching for the traffic signs of life's direction. If we pay attention there is a good chance we won't have to switch lanes so often.
But we know one certain fact, God is in the right lane, and that is the one we want to be driving in.
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.