Thursday, March 27, 2008

Movin' on Down the Highway

I was driving down a three-lane stretch of highway recently and started to change lanes when I heard a loud HONNNNKKK behind me. I realized immediately that I had relied on my mirrors without turning around to check that the road was clear. So I swerved back into my lane to avoid a collision. I am generally a careful driver, so I felt terrible to have done something reckless. Thankfully, though, we were still wreckless!

My heart was still racing when from the back seat, 6-year-old Christian said, "Mom, that was s-o-o-o cool! You are a GR-R-REAT driver!"

From the middle seat Carson, age 8, muttered under his breath, "Yeah, except for about 10 seconds ago when you almost got us killed back there."

What a difference just two years makes in perspective! While Christian still thinks Mom is divine, Carson already realizes that I am only human. He observes foibles and notes frailties. But even when I disappoint Carson, I am thankful that his heavenly Father is perfect and unchanging. In fact, greater understanding only increases our admiration of God. Romans 11:33-36 reminds us,

"Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen."

Although sometimes I swerve, I hope my children see me striving to stay on the right path. And I pray that as they travel down life's highway, they will all realize that the journey is best -- and blessed -- with God in the driver's seat.


Leah said...

Glad you were safe. Really appreciate the sentiment of the post. Our Carson's are lots alike!

Unknown said...

I've been struggling with this lately. My boys seem to realize that I have faults now. It's depressing! Hopefully, though, they will appreciate my good qualities. Great post!!

Is everyone at you house still well? Lara is sick now...I feel so badly for her. :-(

Melissa Lester said...

Oh, yuck. So far, Carson is the only one who got sick. He was sick during the night Monday and felt washed out Tuesday, but didn't get sick again and was able to eat. I feel like he had a light case, so hope we avoided the worst. Poor Lara!

Nancy Hood said...

It's a turning point in one's life when our children realize we aren't larger than life! But it's so good for them to see that we are only human and that yes, we make mistakes but as you pointed out, our heavenly Father is quick to forgive. Thank you for sharing this lesson with us today. I read it aloud to my husband, who's in here with me tonight!

Melanie said...

I am thankful that you are still "wreckless."
Earlier this winter, I hit a parked tractor with my girls in the car.(Loooong story:) Even at two and three they notice that same tractor every time we drive by. They always say "Don't hit the tractor today, Mommy." I have a long road ahead of me:)
Thank you for such a heartfelt post!

Becky W said...

Thank you for putting into words what so many of us are feeling daily!!! You are a blessing!

Jennifer P. said...

So true. Wait till your kid-o turns 10 and not only notices that you're not perfect, but often points it out ;)! It is good to know that God is in charge though.

We would love to have Carson visit Zane's blog--he loves his comments! If you will send us your email address to, we can send you an invitation.

Have a great weekend!

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