“I drive,” says our grandson as he gleefully establishes himself behind the wheel. Never mind that he’s two years old and can’t even reach the gas pedal. I imagine him thinking, “How hard can this be?” The poor guy is devastated when we plunk him into his car seat.
He also has fun twirling around on a desk chair and playing with an adult “puter.” It’s always an adventure for us to discover what random sequence of keystrokes he has discovered and then to figure out how to undo them. Two year olds are not at all intimidated by technology.
Children have a built-in desire to imitate adults, and they can’t quite suppress their delight when they pretend to hold power and autonomy for even a few minutes.
A-ha! Let me at that computer before someone finds me!
Sometimes I do the same thing.
I get behind the wheel of my life thinking I actually know where I’m going and confidently declare, “I drive.” Or I think I can sit in God’s position and write my own story when all I will really accomplish is to complicate his perfect plan with my random keystrokes.
The tension between God’s sovereignty and our free will is beyond my understanding. He gives us the freedom to choose our routes and drive toward our desired ends, and he allows us to take wrong and foolish turns along the way. Still, he ultimately gets us to his desired destination.
I’ve learned that it’s easier for everyone if I just let him take the wheel.
“In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.” Exodus 15:13
Do you think God should drive our lives? How do you manage the tension between depending on the Lord to lead us and yet making our own life decisions?