Why Jesus Shouldn’t Take The Wheel
“Jesus take the wheeeeeEEEEL… take it from my hands!”
Carrie Underwood’s southern drawl croons over the loudspeakers of grocery stores all over the United States. Being a sensational pop hit from 2005, it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t heard the song or at least seen all of the YouTube videos parodying it.
But the message of the song is basically this: when times are tough or scary, let God take control.
I loved this message for a long time until I began looking more deeply into the meaning. Is it implying that we are in full control until we are in need of help? Is God only there when things get bad? Of course not.
The phrase I came up with is slightly different.
Take the wheel and invite Jesus to be your navigator.
He’s much more accurate than the built-in navigation system in our vehicles or smart phones, anyway. He will point us in the right direction but it is up to us to make the correct turns.
God has given us the ability to choose what we do with our lives and has offered us the opportunity to follow the path He has created for us. But the one driving the car is you. We can’t sit stationary and panicked in the passenger seat and expect to end up where we want to go.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”