Who is driving the bus of your life?
"My times are in Your hands!" Psalm 31:15
Have you ever ridden on a school bus as a child? Or a bus for public transportation as an adult? Probably, when you got on the bus you climbed aboard, tossed your money into the basket and sat down on a seat and give it no more thought. You did not wonder if the driver was a drunk or drug addict. Did it occur to you that perhaps he was filled with rage, severely depressed, had his mind on other things or was otherwise impaired from doing his job 100%? Did you worry about how sound the bus was or whether it had been maintained properly? Did you question the integrity of the breaks? Did you ever doubt that the bus would take you to your destination? Probably not.
Who is driving the bus of your life? Is it God? Do you say to Him, "I don't think this is the correct route. There is a smoother, shorter and safer way." Do you wonder if His attention is elsewhere and perhaps He has forgotten about you? Do you question His ability to get you to your proper destination?
Think about this! You put your life in the hands of a perfect stranger driving a public transportation bus and do not give it a second thought. Yet, when the bus of your life encounters steep hills, winding roads or has sheer cliffs on either side you almost leap at the chance to question God, wonder about His wisdom, doubt His abilities.
J.R. Miller wrote in "When the Song Begins" (1905):
Not only does God love us and desire our good--but His wisdom is infinite. He knows what is best for us, what things will do us the good we need. We ourselves do not know. The things we think would bring us blessing--perhaps would bring us irreparable harm! The things we dread as evil, and shrink from--perhaps are the bearers to us of divinest good! We would make pitiful work of our lives--if we had the ordering of our affairs in our own hands. If for but one day we could take matters into our own hands, out of God's hands--we would wreck everything!
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your body
And refreshment to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8 NASB