“And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.” -Galatians 6:9
During my morning meditation, I was reminded of the following safety warning engraved on the passenger rear-view mirror: Objects in mirror are closer than they appear. Unsure of the connection between this safety warning and my topic of study at the time, God laid the following on my heart, “Your blessings are closer than they appear.”
If this doesn’t excite you, there’s more…
We all know that God spoke and continues to speak in parables. It’s his way of explaining things in a way we all can understand. With that said, there are reasons God chose the safety warning on the passenger rear-view mirror. The obvious reason is that it’s a common image, we’re all familiar with it.
But, when I started researching more about it, I realized the safety warning is ONLY on the passenger rear-view mirror. Now, there are logical reasons for this, but there’s also a spiritual lesson to be learned.
Think of your life as a car. As believers of Christ, we understand that God owns the title deed for our lives (cars). Secondly, we understand that God delights in guiding (steering) our lives (cars). So if God’s steering our lives (cars) that makes him the driver and us the passenger.
Okay, Ciara, what’s the significance?
If God is driving our cars, he doesn’t need the safety warning on the driver’s side! Jeremiah 29:11 tells us why, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
How does this apply to my life?
I think, as passengers, we’ve all fit into one of those categories:
1. Maybe you think you’ve been in the passenger seat too long and you’re trying to exchange places with God. (read John 15)
2. Perhaps you’re tired of going 25 mph, you have a need for speed. (read Romans 8:25)
3. Maybe you’re feeling that God has abandoned your car (read Hebrews 13:5)
But here’s the spiritual lesson:
As we travel on Life’s highway, God will steer our lives in many directions. He’ll stop at pulpit stops to ensure we receive our routine maintenance and when we ask, “God, are we there yet?” He’ll point to our rear-view mirror that will say, “Your blessings are closer than they appear.”
Buckle up. Put the sunroof back. And anticipate those blessings while the wind blows your hair.
“God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” -Numbers 23:19