Jesus Gets His License Revoked

October 5, 2011

That's how he rolls.

So, I’ve got a question for you…

You know how some people like for Jesus to “take the wheel?”  You know, be their driver in life?

I guess that’s a nice sentiment.  Surrender, obedience and all that.  Maybe you like that Carrie Underwood song.  Maybe you like to think of Jesus as your driver.

Even if you never have thought of Jesus that way, many of you, my readers, have been at least trying to be Christians for a long time.  We’re trying to be Christ followers, disciples, whatever you like to call it.  Maybe we even let Jesus be our chauffeur around town…

But have you ever felt like Jesus took the wheel…and then drove your car into a ditch?

Ministry In the Ditch

Just this week, I got to talk to two pastors about my age.  They’re good guys.  They love Jesus.  They’ve tried to be faithful in ministry.  They aren’t in it for money or fame.

And they feel like their ministries are stuck.  Almost like doing things Jesus’ way isn’t working and the ministry is in a ditch.

I totally knew what they meant…because I started finishing their sentences.  It’s so easy to look at some guy who turned out to be a really crappy leader, and ask why God blessed him and not me.  Then you start asking what’s wrong with me?  Why can Pastor Toolbox work miracles and raise millions of dollars while I try to do things Jesus’ way, and it gets me nowhere?

And I’ve talked to so many pastors who just had to abandon the car in the ditch.  Despite their zeal to see people know Jesus, they burned out, and had to hitchhike somewhere else.

Life in the Ditch

I’ve also talked to a lot of people outside of ministry.  Hard working Christians who are just trying to get it together.  And despite all the prayers and devotion, life is just one crisis after another.  People can’t get out of unemployment or out of debt or get out of the hospital for very long before something else strikes.  Why is it that people flock to charlatans, but hard working, intelligent people are ignored in every workplace and walk of life?  I’m not talking about genuine persecution, but just the general sense I get from so many people that life kind of sucks, despite lifelong devotion to God.

I’ve talked to people who have made enormous life decisions based on what they felt was the voice of God.  They moved to a new city, married someone, took a job, tried to start a new ministry.  And then everything backfired.  They felt like they were led into a trap.  Things just fell apart.

Jesus Gets His License Revoked

This is one of those posts where I don’t have a definite answer.  I’d love one from you.

Some of you are probably thinking that people whose life sucks have some hidden sin in their life.

Or maybe the answer is they aren’t really following Jesus.  Or Jesus is allowing them to be tested.  Or someone didn’t actually hear from Jesus and just made a stupid mistake.

Maybe those are the answers.  But I don’t know.  Because it sure seems to me that there’s a lot of people who are stuck in a ditch.  I guess that’s a consolation: a lot of us are in the same ditch.

Tell me about it: have you ever felt like Jesus drove you into a ditch?  Despite your best intentions, your hardest work, your most sincere devotion, have you ever found yourself stuck?  Did Jesus lead you there or is God never responsible when the car crashes?  How did you get out?

54 responses to Jesus Gets His License Revoked

  1. Wow, Matt!

    This is real!

    Your best post ever.

    You have pinpointed thoughts and experiences I have struggled with and tried to write about for years. Good job.

    For me, the comforting thing here in my own ditch is that God says, “My thoughts are not your thoughts; nor My ways, your ways”. Sometimes I think I’ve spent my life playing baseball on God’s football field and wondering why I can’t hit a home run.

    We’ve lived in this ditch so long that my wife has hung curtains.

    It boils down to faith, raw, gut wrenching faith. Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him faith. To whom shall we go, Lord, Thou alone hast the words of eternal life faith.

    Matt, tell your friends to hang in there even when nothing makes sense. It’s ok to be insignificant. And life in the ditch, while painful, extremely painful, can be endured.

    John Cowart

    • So John, I guess the question is can people endure the ditch long enough that they actually come to depend on, even love the ditch? :)

      • I don’t mean to butt in here…but I totally am 😉 Jesus has put my ministry in a ditch. I was mad, confused, mad, afraid and really, really mad.

        He left me there for 3 years. I not only learned to begrudgingly tolerate it, I eventually learned to appreciate it, then I began to love it. When I was in the ditch, it was just me and Jesus. No distractions, no drama, no junk. Just me and Jesus.

        I really don’t want to go back into a ditch, but it will happen because it “rains on the just and unjust”. But when end up there again, I’ll remember that in the dark is when Jesus shines the brightest.

    • “Sometimes I think I’ve spent my life playing baseball on God’s football field and wondering why I can’t hit a home run.”

      Great statement! I’m adding it to my facebook page!

  2. I think we have to ask how we define what the ditch is?

    Are we in a ditch because our income sucks? Did we miss a bill because the ministry isn’t making any money and we had to give up a paycheck to pay the ministries bills?

    As “sunday school” as this is going to sound, if at least one person has come to know Christ because of our efforts then I don’t think anyone is in a ditch. We may not be where we want to be, but the heavens are still rejoicing over one new Christ-follower, right!?

    I think John is right above: raw, gut-wrenching faith…

  3. This could easily be the longest comment I have ever written on – in fact I could preach a sermon series on it – but I won’t. 😉

    Have you ever felt like Jesus drove you into a ditch?
    Of course! How do you think Paul and Silas felt when they were in prison? It sucked, but they decided to act in faith and look what happened! I made a lot bad choices, I tried to make the Bible say what I needed it to say, I defended my convictions with great intensity. And I am one of those that have had one damn thing after another happen. So what? Life is for adults. I am still ministering in spite of sickness, finacial hardship, and a dryer that needs replacing and the flooded basement and water heater that crapped out. Thank you Jesus!!

    Despite your best intentions, your hardest work, your most sincere devotion, have you ever found yourself stuck?
    Of course. You know Paul made tents, and he was one of the most anointed men to walk that face of the earth.

    We get all freaked out because we decide the character = anointing and ministry grace or popularity. It doesn’t and it is not in the Bible. Dumasses can do great things for God, I have.

    Did Jesus lead you there or is God never responsible when the car crashes?
    Why are Americans allergic to trials? Peter said they were great things to purge out “us” and bring out Him. Religion can’t change us, the Holy Spirit and relationship with Jesus can. I claim Romans 8:28. I love the Lord and he worked out all the stupid things I have ever done fror His good and my perfect destiny. Wow! I love God and can’t screw this up.

    How did you get out?
    I commune with God – some days we hang out and pray; sometimes for hours. We hang out at the dinner table, at work in between phone calls, go the shooting range, me and Dad vote – yup, we do it all. I pray in the Spirit because I don’t have much that I need. I want to be led by the spirit, ministered to by the saints like you and my church family – and some days I need to understand the trials and life in the desert.

    After 35+ years, car accidents, divorce, major sickness, unemployment, failed relationships, shameful acts and kids issues, I still love Jesus! I want my destiny, not good ides, just the God ones. The will of God does not always include success, good character and easy living. Look at who he used: David the murderer, Paul the religious Pharisee, Peter the big mouth, Thomas the intellectual, and Lazarus the dead man.

    Being dead, that’s where we need to get to sometimes. 😉

  4. Life Stinks – mel brooks…

    Sometimes….life stinks….that’s life…

    I know Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly…

    Well…he didn’t say when abundantly would come…no time line…

    sometimes it feels like i’m there…sometimes it feels like it was pulled like a rug from under me…

    Truth is…like will continue to stink…untill Heaven…

    with just might stink a little less every now and then…

    • Oh man, I can tell the comments today are going to be deliciously pessimistic! I’ve heard it said that with Jesus the good times are better and the bad times are bearable.

    • Abundant does not equal better, it means more.

      The great theologian Mark Lowery says that life is like a roller-coaster, and when Jesus gives us abundant life it means the highs get higher and the lows get lower. 😉

  5. Maybe we should consult Joseph of the OT. Talk about a ditch, his whole younger years were one disappointment after another and yet “God was with him.” Those were prep years for becoming the no. 2 man to pharaoh.

    Disappointment is the distance between expectation and reality. Maybe we aren’t being real and we are just hoping that the Toolbox’s success will magically fall on us. For every Toolbox there are probably 3,000 nail pouches.

    Didn’t James say something about perseverance adding something valuable to us? Somehow – especially younger ministers – have this idea that they are entitled to a big church, entitled to be followed, entitled to success w/o any sacrifice, tears, holding peoples hands in the hospital or struggle. We are in a war! We get shot at. We get ambushed. We take a hill. We run out of ammo. We improvise. We always want more people to go to battle.

    Toolbox makes it look easy. It isn’t easy and it isn’t for cowards or quitters. Encourage your friends…God will not fail them!

  6. Maybe Jesus “drove you into a ditch” in order to teach you to be totally dependent upon Him, and only Him, and not on your perception of Him, on his driving skills, or where you want Him to drive you!

    What’s a ditch, anyway, in light of Eternity?

    This whole life is only a wet recess in kindergarten compared to Eternity!

  7. Love this post Matt. I’d say that Jesus had to drive me into a ditch because I would have otherwise ended up in oncoming traffic. My time in the ditch wasn’t pleasant, but in retrospect it was the only way to get my attention. I’m grateful for my time in the ditch, though I’m not looking forward to getting “ditched” again.

    • that reminds me of an example in a sermon by greg laurie where he explains the purpose of the rod a shepherd uses to correct a sheep that’s gone astray; by hitting it, when it’s disobeyed the master’s voice too many times. he summed it up by saying something like, “better a broken leg, than to become leg of lamb…”

  8. The question has been answered: faith. But I can tell you why people flock to charlatans. It is the “ooh, shiny!” mentality. People are attracted to tinsel. Substance, not so much.

  9. Love this post! I’ve been in the ditch for about 3 years now, and it sort of feels like He drove me there, and then HE’S the one that got out of the car and left. I have come to the conclusion that He sometimes DOES give us more than we can handle, and He allows it to break us, but only so that He can heal us and mold us where we really need to go. It’s been an interesting time, and as others have said, it’s only raw, gut-wrenching faith and the fact I’d rather be in a ditch waiting for Him than anywhere else that He’s not going to be. I think all your answers above can be part of it, but I think sometimes it’s less about why and more about what are we going to do.

    Now that I think about it, He may have left to find a tow truck…

    • :) Hope you find your way out soon. Maybe Jesus should’ve called AAA.

    • “I have come to the conclusion that He sometimes DOES give us more than we can handle” I read someone else (can’t remember who, I’ve read a few) today who made a similar comment. And came to the conclusion that God does give us more than we can handle, so WE RELY ON HIM instead of ourselves.

    • In one of the cutesy sayings I get in email, apparently Mother Theresa once said
      “God will never give me more than I can handle… I just wish He didn’t trust me that much”

  10. If we really are following Jesus (or trying to), if we’ve died to ourselves, taken up our crosses and followed him, why should the inconvenience of our sucky lives bother us so much? “Not my will but yours be done”, right?

    That’s good in theory, living it out is much, much harder.

    Thanks, Matt. Now I’m all broody.

  11. Wow, I totally thought you said that the topic of conversation with those two pastors was your age. Ok. Got it. They were around the same age as you.

    The Story of God has always been that God is with us. Even in ditches. Perhaps specifically in ditches.

    That’s all I got.

  12. I will agree with J.C. (John Cowart) about the awesomeness of this post. Already, it has led me on little rabbit trails of faith and hope in the midst of apparent failure.

    I just returned from the Land of Illusion, I mean, the Magic Kingdom, I mean, the Happiest Place on Earth–yes, Walt Disney World. Many times while we were there, I had to tell my younger kids that the rides that were touting danger, like the possibility of meeting a yeti, failing elevators, or attacking dinosaur were not REALLY dangerous or even real because putting people in REAL danger of death or injury is bad for business. So really, they were probably even safer going on the ride than they were riding in a car because the rides were carefully controlled and monitored.

    Now, God isn’t putting us in a Disney-like setting. He is making us face the ultimate reality in all it’s ugliness and beauty and danger, but we are still in His hands at all times and He doesn’t just see us as profit generators, He sees us as His children. So He may let us drive for a little bit on his lap like my grandpa did when we were driving from Tuscon to Colorado pulling an RV for a week of camping (the man was a German POW in WWII and apparently had nerves of steel). He may drive us into a ditch (or off the Grand Canyon for that matter) to avoid a collision with oncoming traffic or he may be driving in the ditch because the road ends. We don’t see any of that because we are, comparatively, little ankle biters who can’t really see over the dashboard unless we are on His lap. I need reminders of this, probably daily, as I see my own failures as a mother, a wife and a human being and start getting discouraged by the daily disappointments and not able to see big picture.

    I really LOVE Isaiah 49, but my favorite part is this:
    “But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me,the Lord has forgotten me.”
    “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” Isaiah 49:14-16

  13. I wrote on this a while back, but basically my ditch happened because I needed to learn perseverance and how to worship when things weren’t going well.

    Someone mentioned Joseph earlier, and I love that story because even when he was in prison for a crime he didn’t commit as a slave he didn’t want to become, God was with him.

    People have always wanted things quick and easy (look at the Israelites after the Exodus), but God rarely works this way. Sometimes it can take months, years even to see fruit from our work, but no matter what we are called to be faithful.

    That’s all easier said than done of course…

  14. Good questions, good conversation.

    I have nothing to add, really. Much of what I would say has already been said. Anything else crammed into the space of a blog comment would be cliched and hollow in the face of real pain.

    I don’t have good answers, answers that feel right, as to why people suffer. And I think I’m ok with that. Most days, anyway.

    Thanks for being real–for being willing to leave things open-ended and unsure.

  15. I prayed that my Dad would want to be baptised for 28 years. On a visit 2 years ago, he called me into his room and asked me to shut the door. He said, “I just wanted to tell you I love you before I don’t remember who you are. I don’t know if I’m going up or down, and I just wanted you to know how much I love you.” I said, “Daddy, I love you, too, and we can fix that ‘not knowing’ business right now.” He then proceeded to tell me (without my even telling him about baptism) that he had wanted to be baptised when he was 14 years old when he was visiting his grandparents but he never went back to do it. I then said, “Daddy, do you believe in Jesus Christ? Do you believe He died and rose again to take away our sins?” He said, “Yes.” “Would you like for me to baptise you right now?” He said one of the most beautiful words, “Yes!” My 10-year old grandson was outside playing, so I called him in and the two of us baptised my Dad at the age of 86 right there in his bedroom .

    Now my Dad is in a nursing home with dementia and doesn’t really know me very well anymore. I’d say he was in a real ditch. But, God in His infinite mercy and grace saved my Dad, washed him clean, and is preparing him to see Jesus face to face very soon.

    It took me 28 years of prayer to see this miracle come to pass. I think I can handle a ditch or two of my own along the way knowing that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and those that I love with a passion like no other.

    Ditches are just opportunities for God to reveal His Almighty and Everlasting love to us. We just have to quit looking down and look up with faith and thanksgiving.

  16. Out of the park today Matt. I have written a little on my blog in this vein and same here, no answers.

    Here’s my ditch: We are independent missionaries not belonging to an organization funded totally on ever dwindling donations and an exchange rate that is in the tank.

    Our mission mobile’s engine blew up for the 3rd time nearly a year ago and we can’t pay to fix it. This same vehicle was sold to us with faulty paperwork and now 3 years later I don’t have it in my name, can’t even sell it.

    On 12/14/2010 I had open-heart surgery to fix a bad Aortic valve I got from a systemic fever I suffered in the mission field. On 12/11/2010 our insurance let us know they would not be paying for the surgery, 3 days notice. I couldn’t turn back I was getting critical. Can you say debt.

    On 2/18/2011, while I was still in recovery my wife was off to a tribal language class on the back of a motorcycle (see car above) and was hit from behind by an SUV shattering her femur. Surgery and Mon-Fri therapy have her walking poorly with a cane. She faces another surgery to re-break that bone and realign the knee joint. Back to start.

    We had to move to be closer to the hospital for my wife and thus left our mission are and 2 years worth of work. Frustrating.

    here we are today. I still laugh and I haven’t killed anybody today, yet. I don’t know what HE is doing but I will serve HIM.

    John above wrote “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him faith. To whom shall we go, Lord, Thou alone hast the words of eternal life faith.”

    I don’t know that Jesus drove me into the ditch but HE is there to keep company till the tow truck comes. Not to mention when we sell the movie rights to this story we are going to CASH IN yo.

    Show me that paper…………………

  17. I suppose the first question we need to ask ourself is whether or not we are actually in a ditch. A ditch denotes an inability to move, which I know is why you use the word stuck. But are we ACTUALLY stuck? Or are we just stopped in the middle of the road staring at our surroundings in discontent. Get out and look around, maybe you ran out of gas, blew a tire or are just lost.

    Also, perhaps we shouldn’t see Jesus as our chauffer, but as our driving instructor, sitting in the passenger seat telling us when to turn and reminding us to use our blinker and stop at red lights. Sure he’s got his own steering wheel and brake, but ultimately, we are still in control of our destination. It’s key that we trust that He knows best.

    John 16:33(b) NLT “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

    In the face of these troubles, we are encouraged to cheer up! Have vision that extends beyond our car and this road. 1 Timothy 6:12 describes faith as a fight, Ephesians 6:10-18 describes our weapons and tells us that having done all to stand. Stand therefore!

    Everyone’s story is different. Every path that lead to this point in time for each person was individual. But, the answer is the same! Encourage ourselves in the Lord, cheer the heck up and fight back! I suspect that God’s abundant life is not found when we stop in the middle of the road and start living out of our car.

  18. Maybe it isn’t a ditch? God’s path/road may not look like what is on our maps. That’s all I’ve got on this one.

  19. Maybe it’s that God has a different plan and perspective than we do, and that he sometimes does things for reasons that we can’t begin to understand. Simply put, he’s smarter than we are.

  20. I’d rather be in a ditch with God than sailing down the highway on my own power.

    A while back I wrote a post about some of the heroes of the faith, and how most of their lives was spent waiting… Sarah waiting for Isaac, Joseph waiting to be a leader, David waiting to be king, Simon waiting to meet Jesus in the temple…

    Great post, and really thoughtful comments–I should wait to read your blog in the evening all the time!

  21. I’ve always liked what Mark Lowry said. Yeah, he was going for laughs and it might not even be good theology, but he talked about how life was a series of ups and downs. Then he added that Jesus said He came to give us abundant life. The highs are higher and the lows are lower.

    I don’t think we’re meant to have a simple answer. Life is like that.

  22. My pastor once told me that he knows ten or twenty people that are more screwed up than I am. :-)

    Good stuff, as always. I have a couple incredibly mediocre years and I have been trying to bundle the struggles together before I throw them away, so to speak.

    I think that if I have truly died to Him, then I should be making progress with Him, not with the world.

  23. You know Matt, as I’ve read over the comments today, I’ve been thinking about a thought pattern that leaves me screwed up: Although I’m a christian, I’ve bought into the world’s definition of success.

    When Jesus said, “Judge not, that ye be not judged”, I always equated that with the idea of not looking down on others; maybe it also means for me not to look up at others.

    The problem is that we belong to a religion founded by a Guy who defines success as getting crucified.

    Oh sure, resurrection follows, but not till after a long damp time in the tomb. And He did not say, be resurrected daily, but take up your cross daily.

    But I want to be successful by both the world’s standards and by God’s too. That’s why I feel like I’m in the ditch so often.

    In my head I know I can not serve God and mammon… but I’m giving it a darn good try.

    John (again)

  24. Lot of pain in this one, Matt. I’m in the aforementioned ditch looking around and there aren’t any easy answers. I’m getting married Saturday afternoon. Just moved to a new town. New job (youth pastor). New church. New house. New car. Except the new church just asked their new youth pastor to resign due to what are essentially “personality conflicts” with the “wrong” people in the congregation. I didn’t even make it 90 days.
    So as I look around at all the things I thought I saw God in… I wonder if we sometimes use God as ‘deus ex machina’ after the fact. To help us better explain our own decisions or just pass off the blame. I know I truly felt like I was following Jesus into a great new situation only to find myself unemployed, waaay over my head in debt, with no more house and about to bring my soon-to-be wife into this situation and try and help her feel secure.

    But I honestly don’t feel right throwing “blame” on Jesus’ driving skills! (possibly because I still have to rely on them to find my way out…)

  25. In January of this year, I underwent brain surgery and learned that I have two cancerous brain tumors. One is a low grade tumor and the other is a Stage 4 Glioblastoma. I was told I had a year to live. I’m 38 and have three children ages 9 and under. After that diagnosis, I did begin to wonder if the God I loved so much did “drive me into the ditch”.

    What I struggled with the most were these two questions: did God give me the cancer or did it just happen? When I asked my Christian friends what they thought, I got different answers based on their theology beliefs. Some people said my cancer was to show the glory of God. Will my husband and kids see God’s glory as they bury me? Some said it just happened. This offered some comfort but that explanation left me with the fact that Jesus still allowed it to happen. Others said that cancer is evil and it came from the devil. So many different opinions but no absolute answers. And I got a ton, and I mean a ton, of Bible verses given to me that supported their opinions.

    I still don’t know if Jesus drove me into the ditch or if God wasn’t responsible for the car crash. I finally just accepted that the car did crash and I have to live with the injuries from it. For so long I was stuck in millions of “whys” and I didn’t want to live the rest of my time here on earth angry because I didn’t have the answers. I tell myself that I’ll know why on the other side and for now, my love for Jesus and His love for me is enough. Well, on most days it’s enough. I still have my moments.

  26. Very thought provoking post. Three months ago our family lost everything we owned in a house fire. And ten years ago I lost my oldest child in a house fire that happened at her dad’s house. I don’t know why these things happen. I stopped trying to figure that out. God doesn’t give explanations on why. I just have to trust that God will be with us, to help us through it all. And God has been guiding us through. I wanted something good to come out of what happened to us…and God answered those prayers.
    So all I can say is that Jesus will never get his license revoked by me.

  27. I’m going on year seven of living in constant, physical pain. I know about the ditch, and I know it’s my own fault. After a few years of incredible emotional pain and betrayal, I thought I would be able to stand up for Jesus no matter what the circumstance. But I admitted that I didn’t know how I would do with physical pain. I was a wimp and I knew it. I would not fare well with being burned at the stake. So I prayed that God would strengthen me to be able to withstand even physical pain – and here I am.

    Curiously, I’ve never prayed that God would get me out of the ditch. Even when I feel liking screaming, I know He’s teaching me to rejoice in the ditch because He has placed me here. As Paul said, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstance I am.” [Phil 4:11-13]

    In a more general sense, I believe the Lord is testing us all, and separating those who will stay in the ditch because that’s where Jesus is, and those who will jump ship to escape whatever trial they are facing.

    Overall, we are a nation of weak Christians. As Sturgeon wrote, “Some Christians are for living on Christ, but are not so anxious to live for Christ.”

    I believe God is giving us the opportunity to become strong Christians, because the days ahead will require it.

  28. I have hit the ditch at 220mph, had the car blow up, and as I crawled out to safety had another 57 cars crash on top of me. For me it was no other reason than I had certain life lessons I needed to learn that I would not have learned otherwise. I think the answer is different for everyone.

  29. For years, I felt called to be a worship leader. I went to music school, got a church music degree, and have led worship for years. Suddenly I can’t connect with worship music anymore. I don’t know if it’s because Jesus left me in the ditch or if it’s simply my stubborn heart, but it’s still frustrating.
    I have not found my way out yet, but I am spending time writing and processing through my emotions, hoping to find the source.

  30. Most people here have spoken as people who are surviving the ditch while keeping their faith. In my case I finally left Jesus and his car in the ditch and went about figuring out how to get myself out. It worked. Needless to say I now have some pretty big trust issues with Jesus and am pretty much opposed to ever getting in his car again. However I miss him terribly and am saddened by the impassible chasm between us. I love him but only from a distance. In my mind I see him as a good person, but my heart screams “danger” when I start to go back. Not all of us make it without losing Jesus, although many of us do get out of the ditch. Those that don’t make it at all probably aren’t here to tell us about it. And before you judge, my ditch involved deep unchosen depression that was headed towards suicide. I’m happy to say I am free of that now, but I don’t have any answers to suffering except don’t take it personal. Peace.

    • Ditches is more like it…
      But when the car crashes, I have to stop and look at myself, over the situation I seem to be stuck in.
      It usually happens when I get caught up in something I’m doing. Usually something for good reasons, for Him.
      But ironically, I end up straying away from the Lord (our relationship suffers, our communication is off).
      At that point, I’m the one driving, but He’s still in the car with me, watching me speed in a panic about the job, money, people in my life, drama and everything else down this life road we’re on.
      He’s a jealous God, though, and wants to be the lead of my life.
      So, as I’m inching my way up 1000mph, he turns the wheel sharply, causing me to crash into this giant hole!
      That usually His way of getting my attention and telling me that He wants me back, fully devoted to Him, and not just His cause.
      I’ve lost jobs, money… I have a friend that crashed by getting into a real car accident-don’t worry, he’s okay.
      These ditches are blessings in disguise -some are bigger than others- to get over the stuff, people, and situations that take our focus away from where it should be. Right on Jesus, all the time.
      I can’t describe to you the peace He’s brought me.
      Almost like everything that goes on falls outside of this peaceful bubble He’s put me in… or maybe it’s a new car that I’ve decided to let Him drive again.
      I’m glad to let the things I’ve lost go… looking back, it was crap, anyway.

  31. yes, there are a lot of us in the ditch…it is because of sin. but not always our own. often it’s the sins of the world – the choices of others, both long before and now, that unfortunately put us in the situations we live in each day. it’s up to us to make the choices that keep us free in life, regardless of our situations, allowing for Jesus to live through us. God made us and He gave us a pretty thorough manual, including what to eat and how to get along with others. His greatest desire is to have relationship with us, through HIs grace we have an open door. that makes life here on this earth, LIVING each day freely with Him, a possibility. do we fail at it? yes, but we keep accepting that grace, and walking through that door again.
    i’m not sure about what happens after death, but i know life here counts. it’s a gift.
    grace and truth, grace and truth.