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“We cannot always trace God’s hand, but we can always trust God’s heart.”

Charles Spurgeon

I appreciate it when the Holy Spirit speaks a word, phrase, or sentence when I least expect it and especially when that one word from God changes everything. I had that experience the night before I was going to be interviewed on a friend’s mental health podcast. I had been feeling a bit anxious about the recording the next day and while cooking, I heard the Lord whisper, Sit back and watch Me drive. Immediately I knew He was referring to the podcast. That one word of instruction gave me peace.


The next morning, I wrote these words in my prayer journal. “Yes, Lord, I will sit back and watch You drive. Knowing You’re the One behind the wheel, in the driver’s seat, helps me not feel the weight of responsibility. I know You’re a much better driver than me! You see the potential hazards and roadblocks that might be up ahead, farther down the road. I can rest during the ride, knowing You have this; I do not need to worry or be anxious about the podcast recording.”

God’s instruction to watch means I’m more of an observer than a participant. My responsibility is to watch what God will do. God’s part is to drive; He’s the one in control. It’s the designated driver that carries the weight of responsibility. God has the grace and strength to carry the burden. I, on the other hand, do not.

What if my responsibility in life was to watch and trust in God’s ability to drive. I bet I’d have less angst and more peace. I would work from a position of rest, knowing God can handle everything and I have nothing to worry about.

Our lives are in good hands when God is our designated driver. Isaiah 26: 3 promises: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Put your trust in God and watch Him safely drive you home.


“If God was faithful to you yesterday, you have reason to trust him for tomorrow.”

Woodrow Kroll


Relevant Reflections:

  1. In what situation does “Sit back and watch Me drive,” encourage you?

  2. How can you become more of an observer and place your trust in God’s driving ability?

  3. Describe a time when one word from God was a game-changer for you.


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