Tag: He leads me

He leads me (2)

By Ngozi Ngadi
After so many months  of training to be a roadworthy driver, I am glad to say that I have passed my practical driving test for the first time ever in my life.   It takes a lot of courage and determination to keep persevering in life to achieve your set goals.   A while ago I wrote a post about how the Lord leads me using the challenges I experienced on my journey to pass my practical driving test and relating it to my relationship with The Lord.  I spoke about the four key mistakes made which were  not listening to instructions, not applying the right instructions, fear of the unknown and scared of large vehicles, And these were applied to my daily walk with the Lord .
Driving is a lifetime skills that requires taking ownership and responsibilities. My focus this time would be on how I passed my driving test successfully and would use my experience in application to my relationship with the Lord.  Here are seven key points that I used to scale through and how He leads me:
  1. Took note of my faults and correct them: When I made silly mistakes my instructor got really disappointed with me occasionally because he knew I could do better than that.  When mistakes have been made or the wrong path taken, I confess my sins and flaws to Him, keeping it real with the willingness to listen and  to obey His instruction and counsel. Proverbs 3:12
  2. Aim for perfection:  There are points for every minor  faults made and a major faults could cause instant failure.  My main objective was to avoid all major faults and reduce all minor faults so I aimed for perfection.  In my walk with the Lord, I know I am not perfect so I cover myself under His grace, the righteousness of Christ.  So in Him I live and move. Romans 3:24, Acts 17:28.
  3. Did not allow my weakness to supersede: Being aware of my weaknesses, ensured that it did not take hold of me. The Lord knows my weaknesses and strengths but in my weaknesses I find strength in Him by His grace.  1 Corinthians 1:3-5, 1 Corinthians 15:10.
  4. Spoke to my heart : During my driving lessons, I  encouraged  myself by speaking to myself that I can drive, speaking positive words into my heart. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, with Him on my side I have got nothing to worry about.  Philippians 4:13.
  5. Determination and perseverance: There were times  when I felt like giving up, every negative thoughts and reasons why I should not continue with the lessons cropped up into my mind.  However my determination and perseverance to achieve my set goal kept me pressing on and hard.  In life challenges I stand firmly in the Lord who sees me through it all. 2 Corinthians 4:8, Philippians 3:12.
  6. Grace: On the day of my test, I had a good examiner who made me feel so comfortable during the test.  Some call it luck but I say its the favour of the Most High God.  His grace covers me like a shield.  Psalms 5:12.
  7. Prayer:  I prayed to God and He heard my cry.  When you seek Him, you will find Him and when you ask you shall receive.  Matthew 7:7

 

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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.  He 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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).
One thing I know is to keep pressing on to what lies ahead and not to give up on God.   Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus Philippians 3:12-14 NKJV.  There is a reward for those that persevere in the midst of it all.  
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Comment briefly on what challenges you have faced in life, how the Lord lead you out  of it  and  the outcome.