Bad Weather Driving Skills

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

I'm not a fan of bad weather. My husband, on the other hand, seems to be quite the expert in the matter. When we were engaged we were driving to a rehearsal when we hit a pretty heavy storm. I was driving and I was afraid. Zeke was very calm as he told me "the secret to thrive in a storm is to keep driving. Storms came and go so if you keep driving you will get to the other side." True enough, I kept driving and I got to the other side. You couldn't even tell it had rained at all. 

I try to remember his words when the storms of life hit my life. I want to make a plea for those of us who don't have extreme weather on us, just storms capable of scaring us quite a bit. We know they will pass (or do we?) but all we see is an enormous amount of water. Driving quite the body-mind-emotion experience. Your mind is telling your body to drive while your emotions are screaming from the top of their lungs for self-preservation's sake. The wise thing is to keep driving because the experienced driver has assured us that those precarious conditions are temporary. 

God provides us all the assurance we need to drive through the storms of life. He does that through His word. How does one keep driving through the storms of life? You just keep putting one foot in front of the other. You wake up and you face the day with God's words of assurance in your heart. You repeat them out loud if you have too. You also recognize that your feelings might not be your best measures of success and progress. Feel them anyway but be anchored in God's words and His ways. On a side note, the interesting about the human body is that much like a virus, feelings have to run their course. You may feel fear but you will keep driving afraid. You may feel frustrated but you continue to do the right thing because you decided to follow God's way. I have learned that I can't ignore my feelings but I will be not mastered by them either. 

I'm not a fan of bad weather but each time I'm faced with it, I will keep driving because sunny skies come right after it.