“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” I Peter 5:7

I drive a van that is twenty years old. It has a few scratches, dents, and rust spots, but it still runs very well, getting me where I need to go. I am not sure how much longer I will be driving, but trust that this vehicle will last as long as I need it.

I recently drove with my sister in a newer car and was amazed at all the bells and whistles it had. She could set things up so that if she just kept her finger on the steering wheel, the car practically drove itself. It managed the curves and hills with ease, braking when we were getting close to a car ahead, and beeping if another car got too close. It was rather scary. I just do not understand all the technology that would allow this. And when I hear about cars that drive themselves, I shudder. It must take a lot of confidence and trust to relax and let a computer take over on a busy highway. I am not ready for that.

Many years ago, songwriter Roy Acuff, wrote a song called “The Automobile of Life.” It compared our Christian journey to a road trip and spoke of all the pitfalls and dangers along the way. The last two lines of the chorus read: “But if you’ll let Jesus take hold of the wheel, you’ll make it to heaven on high.”

It is a natural tendency for all of us to want to be in control. We think we know best for our lives, and we often make our plans and then ask the Lord to bless them. But His way is so much better. He knows the road ahead because He sees the bigger picture. He knows when to apply the brakes, and when to speed up to make it over the hills. He knows the curves ahead and the dangers that await. When we commit ourselves completely to Him, He will direct and guide us safely home. His Holy Spirit is our Autopilot.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, increase my faith in you. Give me the confidence and courage to let go of control in every area of my life. Let your Holy Spirit be my Autopilot, holding the wheel and guiding me every day.

Devotion by Anne Johnston


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