Last summer as our daughter and her co-workers were making their way down the mountain from where camp is located to go to “town,” little did they know the adventure that was awaiting them. Having a dad who is a living, breathing GPS, Alli was armed with written instructions and was positioned in the front seat beside the driver. Everyone was on alert, because the way is tricky. However, about an hour later, it became very apparent that they were not headed to town. They were driving through a wilderness of winding roads that was taking them into very unfamiliar territory.
My husband’s cell phone rang (thank the Lord the girls had a signal!), and a desperate cry for help came from the other end. He has a very uncanny way of knowing right where someone is when they describe what’s around them. After hearing the description, he said these familiar words, “I know exactly where you are.” He then proceeded to tell them where to go, when to turn, etc. until they finally made it down off the mountain – much worse for the wear. One passenger had gotten sick in the back seat from all the winding roads, it was hot and there no air conditioning, so they were all sticky, tired and wilted. After that experience, Alli always tried to make sure she rode with someone who knew where they were going!
Last weekend we had all been to camp, and on Sunday afternoon we made our way down the very path that all the girls had travelled earlier in the year. However, I looked in the backseat and Alli was not alert and watchful – she was stretched out in the seat, covered with a blanket and anticipating a much-needed nap. I was in the front seat desiring the same, and it wasn’t long ’til we both got our wish! What a contrast! The difference was the person driving knew where they were going and we knew we were safe in his care.
Psalm 4:8 says, I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. If a person is a child of God, it doesn’t matter what is going on around them – curves, dips in the road, sickness, whatever – we can sleep soundly because we know the One who is “driving”. There’s no need to stay awake through the night worrying, fretting and conniving a plan; He knows where we are going and we can rest!
Don’t allow your troubles to steal sleep from you – unless you’re doing the driving. Take your hands of the wheel and yield to the Lord. He has a plan and will get you to the desired end. (Jeremiah 29;11)