Christ in the Drivers Seat
I work for a well-known British bank as a sales rep, serving small and mediumsized businesses, which is great fun and also challenging. This means I travel around on the road and attend regular meetings with potential new customers, mostly in and around London. Just the other day I had an early morning meeting scheduled, so got up early and organized and planned everything so that I was ready. It was about a 3-hour drive to the meeting so I left as soon as possible to allow extra time for any traffic delays. One of the many blessings about my job is that I get to drive a nice vehicle. Perhaps my most favorite thing about the car is that it has a satellite navigation system on it. The reason why I love this piece of technology so much is that my map-reading skills and natural sense of direction leave a lot to be desired. This system works brilliantly for me.
However, not long after I got on the highway as I headed to the meeting that day, I noticed that the navigation system wasnt working! Furthermore, I did not have a map as back-up! Getting to the outskirts of London is relatively straightforward, but I honestly didnt have a clue where I needed to be going once I had reached the out-skirts. I felt slightly concerned at the time, but then knew I could get a map from a gas station just before I approached London Yep, not a problem. Dont worry, I thought. So, I bought a map, but quickly found I was really struggling to find where I was on the map, and where I needed to be for the meeting. Of course without my start and end point I couldnt plot a route out and suddenly felt, stuck, irritated and a lot more concerned. The meeting would be starting soon
Immediately, some negative thoughts and feelings went through my mind such as oh my gosh I am going to be late; this is going to look bad on me; the customer will think I am not very conscientious; I will be in trouble with my boss. Also, the potential new customer lead had come via a colleague, Phil, who works in another part of the bank. Phil would also be attending the meeting, which seemed to make matters worse. By now, I was feeling pretty uncomfortable and could sense I was becoming more and more uptight about the situation with each passing moment.
Just then, I realized what was happening and thought to myself, hold on a second, I need a time-out here. The truth about this situation is that God knows all about my little predicament. Its not taken Him by surprise and its not like He wasnt paying attention that morning. Matthew 10 makes this clear when we are told that not even a sparrow falls to the ground without the will of the Father. We are also told how this is possible in Ephesians 1:23 and again in Col 3:11 which says God is all and in all. So, I stopped for a moment and let this important fact sink-in.
Also, as a Christian, this means I am in constant union with Christ through the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:17), so no matter what Im doing, theres never an independent Jon Langley who is going to be late for a meeting; or anything else for that matter. The Bible illustrates this via the vessel/treasure analogy in 2 Cor. 4:7 (that we are made to contain and express Jesus- Christ), and also with the vine/branch illustration where Christ tells us apart from Me, you can do nothing. Being caught up in the moment and the emotions, I had strayed off this truth temporarily and by getting the right perspective it was like a huge weight had been lifted. I realized and re-affirmed to myself that with Christ living in and out through me, whatever situation I am in is Gods perfect circumstance for me and He is able to handle whatever arises. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13). Christ was literally in the driving seat!
I picked up the map again from the passenger seat and noticed that suddenly, the navigation system was working now! I quickly punched in the address and discovered I was only 3 miles away from my destination with 15 minutes to spare VICTORY!
Finding a parking space was surprisingly easy (a major triumph in central London) and I had a few minutes to spare before the meeting. The icing on the cake was that my colleague was the one who ended up being late for the meeting, but I was able to start the meeting on time with the customer and was successful in closing the deal.
This experience reminded me of how we should recognize that even these small daily situations are all part of various trials which God tests our faith with and that we should count it all joy and know that in Him we are complete, perfect and lacking nothing (James 1:2-4).
More Articles from The Intercessor, Vol 22 No 1
- From Spirit Action to Body Action
- Editors Note
- The Chocolate Soldier Part One
- Bible Study: Choice
- Thank GOD For The LawThe Guide to Our Manhood in Christ
- Tape Talk
- Where Lives Are Changed
- God Does Nothing by Halves
- Train Up A Child
- The Intercession of Rees Howells – Daniel
- A look At A Book
- Letters from Norman
- Christ in the Drivers Seat
- Words to Live By
- Body, Soul, and Spirit Part Two