I’m not really big on automated things. For instance I really don’t like using cruise control when I’m driving. I’d rather just put my foot on the pedal and drive, braking under my own speed when necessary. I can’t even imagine being in an automated hands free car. Truthfully I think I’d have a heart attack in one of those vehicles.
But one automated feature that I do like on my car is the automatic lights turning on at dawn or dusk. I’ve really gotten very accustomed to this feature, so much so that I don’t even think about it. I’ve got it turned on and I rely on it. It’s there for me right?
Well, it was until a few weeks ago when I was returning from an evening event that my husband and I attended. My husband left first in his car and I followed. He quickly pulled over to tell me my lights were off.
I looked at the steering wheel console and sure enough! They were off! Well you can bet I hadn’t been the one to turn the off! Over the past couple of weeks both my husband and son had driven my car.
I had assumed they wouldn’t touch my settings beyond that of the seat position. Turns out I was wrong. I assumed something that was inaccurate. Now I have no idea why anyone would want to disable the automatic feature for the headlights, but apparently one of them did.
But there I was driving with a false sense of security. Eventually, I guess I would have noticed my lights weren’t on, but it may have been after I received a ticket!
It showed me that I really do need to check everything and make sure my security systems are in place whenever I get in my car and not take anything for granted.
It’s that way with life too. I take a lot of things for granted. For instance just this morning I expected first, that I would wake up, secondly that I would get to work safely and later today that I will get home safely as well. Of course I take for granted that I will be safe in my workplace all day today.
But you know, none of this is guaranteed. I could be here one minute and gone the next. Just in the news of the past several days we’ve seen this happen to unsuspecting folks. We assume what our day will be but we never assume the worst case scenario.
Now I’m not saying we should assume the worst case scenario. Although I have on occasion calculated the risks in various situations, and chosen alternatives in those situations. I think that’s just being prudent.
I remember the best advice my father ever gave me when I was learning to drive. “Always drive defensively, because you never know what the other guy is going to do, expect the unexpected.” My dad said. And to this day I still drive that way.
I think in life we need to have a defensive line, a way to protect ourselves when it is within our ability to do so. But of course we can’t protect against everything because everything is not under our control. Not too much really is under our control, or not as much as we may think it is.
For instance I do need to plan my day. Since I work a very long day I also generally need to plan what I’m having for dinner, in the morning and make preparations. That’s a good plan as long as everything else works out and I actually make it home in the evening.
So that’s when I have to delegate the minutes of my day to the one who knows where I will be at the end of it. And that’s where trust comes in, trusting that whatever happens during my day is exactly in line with the plan God has for me.
Life has its twists and turns and sometimes somebody may even turn the lights off. This happens a lot to me when I’m in the basement of our house. Someone will walk by the door, turn the light off and slam the door and I’m left fumbling my way through the dark to the nearest light switch.
But you know there is one who will never turn the light off. He offers His light to everyone. And when you walk on his path. even though darkness may push in from many sides, the path directly in front of you is always illuminated and the darkness cannot touch you. He gives you just what you need, when you need it.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5
So make your preparations when you can, but trust that God prepares the road ahead of you if you put your faith and trust in Him.
When Jesus spoke to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12