My immediate thought was, ‘O you know me… always on a wing and a prayer…”
Did you know that there is a specific prayer for traveling? Yes, there is, and for me there are two; one is a prayer for peace and safety before one begins a journey (always nice) and then the other is acknowledgement of God’s miracles along the way (humbling).
That one says:
Upon seeing a place where you had experienced a life-saving miracle, you should say:
Blessed are you, Adonoy our God, King of the Universe, who performed a miracle for me at this place.
What I actually say is something like, “… Father God, thank you for saving me on the road… then add any of these variants, “ right here…back then… right now.”
The devout practitioner is to duly note each time and place when mishaps occur and their personal peril avoided. Every time the saved person passes that exact spot (on the road)he or she should pray this prayer.
Come to think of it, this is an awesome opportunity to share the works of God out loud with anyone in your company at the time. When I shared this with one of my girlfriends she laughed, “You must be in constant prayer wherever you go!”
She’s pretty close to right. I feel God’s active involvement whenever I start the car and head off to wherever I’m going and at each traffic light along the way.
It’s a trust thing.
Placing my trust in other drivers…experience says that’s not a brilliant idea. God agrees:
8 It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.
Psalm 118:8-9 (AMP)
Misplaced trust has gotten me into far more trouble relationally than any traveling situation you can name. Trust belongs squarely on the Lord’s shoulders…in the Lord’s lap…in his court. However you want to say it, just turn it all over to his capable hands.
I have even learned not to place trust in myself. While I am truly confident of my driving skills and abilities and capable of increasing my personal road savvy, being on autopilot doesn’t work for me. There are always those times when close attention to detail would have been such a better option.
Iam/We are so blessed that our God and Savior is detail oriented. He pays close attention even when we don’t. He orchestrates events and smiles on us. Those are huge blessings.
When we place our trust in the LORD, it is properly and most beneficially placed.
When the storms of life happen, when changes exceed our resilience or out run our desired processing schedules, when viruses like Ebola run rampant and wars devastate entire communities, trust in the LORD. When life is ordinary and you find yourself just driving from one place to the other, trust in the LORD. When relationships are not turning out the way you thought they would, trust in the LORD.
1 He who [a]dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!
3 For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
4 [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler. Psalm 91:1-4 (AMP)
So there you have it.
I drive my car and my relationships on a wing. (God sends a personal escort every time)
…and a prayer (Sometimes it’s “Aaaaa!!”, then sometimes it’s “Grrrrrrrrr…..”, sometimes even , “Help” and if I am fortunate enough to be thinking clearly, that call for help has a humble and respect filled ‘please’ attached.