Yesterday, I drove all over the north side of Indianapolis. In my final few miles of driving I found myself on a straight country road where traffic was heavy. About one hundred yards before a four-way stop sign, my steering wheel completely locked up. I could not turn to the right or to the left. I managed to stop at the stop sign and proceed through the intersection with no control of my steering wheel. I even made it to the side of the road safely.

Apparently my idler pulley had broken. I didn’t even know I had an idler pulley! As I recalled all my travels of the day, the high speed curves of 465 and other countless heavy-traffic areas, I marveled at the timing of its failure. How good and gracious the Lord was to me! It stirred up memories of the March 14, 2012, accident when He miraculously spared me.

To have no control and no ability to steer the vehicle was a helpless feeling. It gave “Jesus, take the wheel” a whole new meaning! There’s certainly a spiritual application to be drawn here…

Our Sovereign Lord is in control of all things. He holds not some, not many, but all things together. We can rest in the knowledge that He is all-powerful and all-knowing.

And, we are actually not supposed to swerve to the right or to the left, but are to set our gaze directly in front of us and upon His dear face. So often I hold the wheel of my life and believe I have control. So often I swerve when I should merely move forward toward Him. He is a loving Guide and Savior.

“Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7

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