Ever tow a car 40 miles on the end of a rope, along a curvy country road?
That’s what we did yesterday! This is about the 5th time doing we’ve done something like that. Along the journey, and afterwards, I reflected a bit about the mutual trust that plays very strongly into the success of our adventure.
General was in the lead car and it’s important for him to know that I’m not going to lose focus and miss a turn or swerve wildly because he’s literally dragging a couple thousand pounds behind him at a high rate of speed and if that anchor goes off-path, it could very easily result badly for him in the lead vehicle as well. He’s also trusting that I will be alert to the relative speeds of our vehicles and when we’re traveling downhill or approaching a stop, I’ll operate the brakes on the follow vehicle with sufficient finesse to not run into the back of the lead car.
For my part, I’m trusting direction and speed and interaction with traffic to my lead driver. I can’t see around him. It’s a GMC Yukon. It’s like a moving wall 10 feet in front of me. I simply focus on the back of the lead car to make sure I’m a safe distance from him, and I keep an eye on the yellow line in the middle of the road to make sure I’m not straying into oncoming traffic. I don’t always know when the corners are coming. I can’t see a quarter mile ahead. I can see 10 feet ahead. If I take my eyes up to try and peer around the lead car, I would be able to see a bit farther, but I would miss it when he slowed down or when he turned.
As we made the drive, I thought how that parallels my relationship with God. Can’t see around Him. I could try to figure out what He’s up to, and if I had His view, I’m sure I would agree His choices are the right ones. But since I can’t see what He’s doing the smarter thing for me to do is keep my eyes on Him instead of on the circumstance or the terrain. My job is to match pace and alignment with Him and try not to swerve too much, not that I could pull him off the road, but I’d rather not end up in another ditch, so to speak.
Yesterday was one of those times when He helped me understand our relationship by using a simple illustration based on an earthly relationship, and I totally got it and realized the value of trust more profoundly, on earth as it is in Heaven.
He would never steer me wrong. He’s just trying to get me home safely. All the power comes from the connection to the lead vehicle.
Metaphors eventually degrade, but there was something important about mutual trust and alignment, about commonality of purpose, that was all wrapped up in the 90-minute charge of General and Lennox yesterday.