Mothering Monday: Back seat driver

“Mom, the sign says 35.  How fast are you going?”

I have 3 back seat drivers, but my 5-year-old is definitely the worse!  He likes to read all the speed limit signs and verify that I am going the correct speed – not too fast or too slow.  But that’s not all…

“Mom, you were supposed to turn there.”

“Mom, why are you going so slow?”

“Mom, turn the wipers on.”

“Mom, the light is red.”

“Mom, where are we going?”

“Mom, there’s a stop sign.”

“Mom, this isn’t the way home.”

“Mom, the light is green.”

“Mom, why are you stopped?”

“Mom, the van needs gas.”

“Mom, you just went through a red light.”  OK, well maybe sometimes I need a back seat driver… but for the most part I have it under control.  Sometimes I find it amusing and I just chuckle, other times I want to scream, “Will you just let me drive??? I know what I’m doing!!!!  Trust me!!!!”

One day as I was getting annoyed I wondered if I do the same thing to God.  Am I a backseat driver?

“God, life was supposed to go that way.”

“God, why is this taking so long?”

“God, I can’t see what’s happening.”

“God, I want this to stop.”

“God, where am I going?”

“God, I really want this to stop.”

“God, this isn’t where I want to go .”

“God, let’s get moving.”

“God, why aren’t we moving?”

“God, I need ____.”

I wonder if God chuckles when I tell Him what to do, where to go, how fast to do it, like I sometimes chuckle with my 5-year-old.  Or does he want to scream (does God scream?  I don’t know) “Will you just let me drive??? I know what I’m doing!!!!  Trust me!!!!”  Perhaps it’s a combination of both…

Trust in the LORD with all your heart 
and lean not on your own understanding; 
 in all your ways submit to him, 
and he will make your paths straight.

(Proverbs 3:5-6)

♥Becki, backseat driver



2 thoughts on “Mothering Monday: Back seat driver

  1. Jadon does some of that too. Thankfully on days when it frustrates me he will usually stop when I ask him to and tell him it’s bothering me. However, he is never concerned about going slow enough, he ALWAYS wants to go faster. I typically do not speed so he gets upset that people are going faster than we are.
    While reading this all I could think of is FFH’s song You Drive, I’ll Ride.

  2. I was google-ing “Backseat Driver to God” after I wrote my blog this morning. Your blog came up…As I read it…It was almost exactly what I just wrote! Literally!! I even used Proverbs 3:5-6 =) It made me feel good to know that I wasn’t alone in being a “backseat driver to God”. Glad I found your blog! Great minds think alike =) Happy Tuesday!!

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