After so much hesitation and deliberation, I have finally decided to take my practical driving test. It has been a journey that started last year taking driving lessons and I am gradually growing in confidence driving independently. During my driving lessons while taking instructions from my instructor, I remembered my Heavenly Father and how He gives me instructions and directions to guide me towards the right path. The Lord surely leads me in the path of righteousness as I walk in obedience listening to His instructions and corrections (Psalm 23:3).
The journey so far has been quite challenging, sometimes I have asked myself if I really wanted to continue with the lessons especially when the public transport in London runs an efficient and reliable service. What encourages me to keep pressing on in spite of it all is that the benefits outweighs the costs. So I have set my mind on one thing and that is to pass my driving test. The Lord reminded me of how He leads me along the long narrow road and to trust Him in spite of it all. I have made little mistakes here and there but thank God my driving instructor is there to correct me and guide me towards achieving my goal. Here are four key mistakes I made during my driving lessons and how it applied to my daily walk with the Lord:
- Not listening to instructions: When I started my driving lessons I found it difficult to listen to my driving instructor because I preferred to be in control of situations and trusting his judgements was a big issue too. In my relationship with the Lord, I realised that I needed the Lord to direct my path, every step of the way even when I did not understand the whys, what and when but to trust Him in all that I do. Trusting God requires listening to His instructions and being obedient to His voice. Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track. Proverbs 3:5-6 The Message.
- Not applying the right instructions: In this case, I listened to his instructions but still ended up doing my own thing, in other words I applied my way of dealing with situation during my driving lessons. During that period my instructor got really cross with me and re-emphasised that he would prefer if I did it his way and not my way. I reflected on the number of times I made mistakes in my walk with the Lord, working it out in my own way and not His ways because I limited myself in the great things He had in store for me. That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT.
- Fear of the unknown: This has been a tough one for me because taking driving lessons means stepping out of my comfort zone, the older you become the more challenging it is. When I drive along the road with my instructor being unaware of the events that occur or challenges I would face during my lessons scares me to bits. When the Lord called me to step out of my comfort zone, I ran to a hiding place but He found me. I have learnt to keep my eyes fixed on Him and not on the situation, trusting God to see me through. He promises never to leave me nor forsake me
- Scared of large vehicles: This happens mainly during the peak hours when the road is busy and trucks passes by or there is a truck right behind me. My confidence goes down and the fear of the unknown creeps in. The Lord thought me to be confident of who I am in Him and He has not given me the spirit of fear but love because perfect love casts out all fear (Romans 8:14-16, 2 Timothy 1:7, Numbers 13:30-33).
Comment briefly on what challenges you have faced in life, how the Lord lead you out of it and the outcome.