No Time for God – Do you drive?

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Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:5

 

Twenty-four hours in a day is what we have in a day. You, me, and the 7.161 billion others who share the planet. Chances are if you are reading this blog you have internet access, a computer, electricity and the conveniences that a great number in the world are without including…a car. We live in an age of ease.  We’re not hunting for our food or seeking a water supply. We are a fairly comfortable people, aren’t we?

But, let’s remove the subjectivity shall we?

I will get right to the point. God is able to meet with us anywhere. We have access to Him as believers. Christians talk about abiding in Christ, yes? Boldly approaching the throne of grace, yes? Access right into the Holy of Holies. It’s rather a monumental thought.

Let me ask you this:

Do you drive?

Do you ever drive alone?

I want you who believe you are too busy to read your Bible, study the Word, pray, reflect , meditate, or have a Devotional Time (however you believe it should look) to answer the question:

Do. You. Drive?

I’m pretty comfortable to say you do.

 

You get into a car to get from point A to Point B. We’ll assume it was too early or you did not make time for a devotional or prayer beyond, “Lord, get me through today”.

Or maybe you are shuffling kids around from here to there, running errands, balancing a multitude of activities.

Now, stay with me. And understand as a driver who has done some pretty shameful things and been guilty of a multitude of driving sins, I am speaking not only as one who knows and understands…but as one who has been transformed by grace. As has been my driving. Trust me when I tell you, as one who drove into a house with my first car…my driving experiences have been a training ground for faith…for both myself and those around me. Hear me out.

Case in point: you drive. You get into a car and close the door.

Whether it is 15 minutes, or 60  minutes you are in an enclosed moving vehicle.

Do you talk on your cell phone, put the radio on to your favorite music station?

Do you focus on driving exclusively? I’m pretty sure you don’t. Your mind may go many places as you drive.

I wonder what our roads would be like if every driver got into their car and treated it as if they were entering a prayer closet?

How different would it be if instead of talking into our blue- tooths, or on our cell phones we used our commute to commune. ..with God?

How about instead of cursing the guy who cuts you off, praying for Him?

What would happen to Road Rage if Christians started employing Intercessory Prayer while driving? 

How much different could our travel be if our cars became confessionals, instead of conduits for anger?

What if we praised God, bringing Heaven to Earth with our words, instead of Hell’s fury behind the wheel?

How much safer might our roads be if those who are yielded to Christ, yielded to others while we drove instead of raising a fist or a finger?

What if regardless of focusing on our right of way while we drive we focused on The Way, and let it [Him] have it’s [His] way with us while we are on our way?

Could driving be a divine rather than a distressing endeavor?

What if getting from one place to another became a vehicle for you and Your God to connect?

 

Only you know what you do when you drive. Or when you drive alone.

You and your One passenger.

Now let me ask one more time, for those of you who say you have no time for God?

Do you drive?

Have you been connecting with God lately? If you are finding it hard, how about trying a new form of “quiet time” this week…Hit the road! 

 

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

Join me here each Sunday for thoughts on connecting with God in the 21st Century. And quiet time remnants and rambles. Oh, and don’t forget to wear your seat belt!

Oh, and about the house, that’s a post for another day!

 

Linking with: Create with Joy, Finding Heaven, Jumping TandemCornerstone Confessions, Time-Warp Wife

 

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lynndmorrissey
    May 04, 2014 @ 22:36:23

    thisis an important reminder, Dawn, and I often use my drive time (even short distances) to lift up my hear to the Lord. It’s that “praying without ceasing” that Paul talks about. I will say we need also to focus on the road, so this might not work for everyone, but generally, I find it a very special time for prayer. Also, I play Bach–his vocal scores are pure Scrirpture. I even sing Bach while I’m driving–again, very carefully, and dont get distracted. Yes, I guess my car *is* a prayer-and-praise closet. But you will be very pleased to know that I do NOT journal when I drive! But my journal is w/ me in carpool lines, or maybe if I am waiting for someone in my car. It’s a great time to journal my thoughts to the Lord!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Lynn

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    • enthusiasticallydawn
      May 04, 2014 @ 22:42:54

      Ha! Lynn – so glad you do not journal while you drive! But, yes, I also keep the journal with me everywhere and I would pull over for a poem…if God gave me the words, and I could pull over safely! Smiling. Of course I think we need to pay attention, but what got me thinking of this was the number of people I see on their phones…and also hearing a few people talk about their lack of QT. I realized how often I find a great communication opportunity while driving. We fellowship and converse with friends while we drive , why not our God? STILL smiling!

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  2. lynndmorrissey
    May 04, 2014 @ 23:23:43

    I totally agree w/ your logic, and it is a very great point. And I can’t tell you how the Lord ministers when we do this. I should also be praying for my driving!!!!! =] Thanks for bringing this car quiet-time to our attention. Oh, and yes, love writing poetry that God lays on my heart at the oddest times. Have journal, will travel–for sure!

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  3. annb48
    May 05, 2014 @ 07:28:44

    I don’t drive so much since I retired, at least not driving alone, but did a lot of my prayer time in my car back then. Thanks for the reminder.
    Now it’s more time with my husband to travel the back roads and enjoy God’s beautiful country-side looking for birds & wild animals in the state parks. And this time of year the migration has been so much fun. We always thank God for this time together to enjoy & praise Him for the beauty of this little corner of His world.

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    • enthusiasticallydawn
      May 05, 2014 @ 08:20:51

      Hi Ann, I so get that… this post was prompted by a number of things, including, observations, conversations with others and reflecting on my own times of car praying… and the opposite as well. I love driving and just “being” in His presence appreciating whatever is before me in creation as well! Hope you have a lovely week.

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  4. Lisa notes...
    May 05, 2014 @ 20:16:32

    I definitely drive a lot, and I love the idea of using my car as a prayer closet. I’ll see how I do with this! Thanks, Dawn.

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    • enthusiasticallydawn
      May 06, 2014 @ 08:30:57

      I will partner with you, Lisa! Actually I really think not being on the phone in the car at all is the key- and I have seen so many driving with phones (myself included) and have been rear-ended twice by those who were not paying attention (on phones allegedly).

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  5. Helene
    May 06, 2014 @ 08:44:00

    I live abroad and don’t drive. But I do pray on my walk back and forth to the market! Pray as you go is a great strategy for busy young moms!

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