My kids are learning to drive.
And I thought potty-training was hard! Ha!
Now they are careening down the highway in a moving vehicle with passengers.
The scary thing about teaching someone to drive is that to learn they have to actually <gulp> drive.
They can study the books, watch the videos and ask all they questions they want – but until they actually get behind the wheel and start the vehicle, they will never know how to drive.
A few weeks ago my husband let our oldest drive the entire family to my sisters house – 3 hours away – at night – on New Year’s Eve – in frigidly cold temperatures and snow – on the interstate – and through the city.
I sat in the back seat and prayed.
As I prayed, I heard my husband telling our son what route to take to get there, and I realized that although he had been there thousands of times before – my son had always gone as a passenger.
He had never been in the driver’s seat.
He had never paid attention to the route. He never needed too – Dad was driving.
But now he was behind the wheel. He was the one assessing the road conditions, watching the traffic, following the route and making the decisions.
Just like his life.
From birth, his dad and I have been instructing and training him. But now he’s moving to the driver’s seat.
It won’t be long until he’s out on his own – making his own decisions.
It will be our turn to take the back seat and watch him choose the route he takes.
But believe me – we’ll be praying!