I drove the family back from a beautiful day at the beach. The traffic hadn’t been too bad and it was actually one of the more pleasant drives I’ve taken on the interstate. But coming home there was some traffic. I try to keep my distance, stay out of the wolf pack and keep a pad of protection around my car. But while I was trying to mind my own business, I heard honking.
There was a big truck passing with slower cars in front and behind it. Maybe that was where the honking was coming from. Or maybe it was from behind me. It was hard to tell. Then I looked through my rear view mirror. There was a huge truck on my tail. We were going downhill. I was going 60 mph and wasn’t about to speed up because I was keeping pace with the car in front of me. The truck driver behind me would just have to adjust his speed. Then I looked more closely at the truck in my rear view mirror. It was a car carrier. And it was full. There was this huge truck tailing my sedan and there was a car (supposedly) secured on top of it, bouncing along. Why was he driving so fast? No pad of protection today. I was in the thick of it.
Well, even as my blood pressure rose in response to the situation, I took a mental inventory of my family traveling with me in the car. Mom was in the passenger seat, doing a very good job of keeping calm (Dad raves about what a good driver you are.) Sarah was resting with her earbuds in. And David was sleeping. Head reclined, earbuds in, mouth open, and, yes, snoring a little, he was sleeping through all this. Through the traffic, the honking horn from wherever it was, and the elevated stress level in the car, he was sleeping. He reminded me of Jesus in the boat. It’s one of my favorite stories.
“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!'”
“He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!'” ~ Matthew 8:23-27
Being a person who can be paralyzingly scared at times, I love this story! It is an illustration of my life verse.
“Be still and know that I am God.”~Psalm 46:10
So many times I can get so wrapped up in the concerns and terrors and traffic of this world that I forget that Jesus is in the boat (or the car, as the case may be). And He’s sleeping! If He’s sleeping through the storm, the least I can do is chill out a little!
I took a deep breath, let a new calm wash over me, and just kept driving. Sure, the traffic was still there, but when I changed my perspective, it almost flowed like a river.