I can do it!

One summer afternoon when I was 8 years old my father said the most amazing words to me!  I will never forget this phrase, "do you think you are ready to ride?" "Was he really asking me if I wanted to ride the go kart?", I hopefully thought to myself.  What happened next is the recollection of the memories that I have of this momentous event! "Yes Daddy, I can do it:, I proudly exclaimed.

My brother and father had been working on constructing this amazing metal monster for months. They had ridden it around the yard, down the dusty dirt road and around the farm as I watched in the distance, but never, never, never had they asked me if I wanted to. I had always thought that I was ready, after all I was in Second grade! 

What happened next will forever be etched into my memory.

I was given clear directions 

  • The gas is on the right the brake is on the left
  • Don't go to fast
  • Keep both hands on the wheel
  • Keep your eyes on the road
As my father buckled me in he reminded me of the directions and encouraged me to have fun. "I can do it!" I whispered out loud. My heart was pounding with the anticipation of what was to come. I pushed down hard on the gas pedal and felt the rumble of the engine. It was just as I imagined! As the go kart began flying down the the driveway I turned to look back at my father and  proudly waved to him. At this moment the wheel slightly turned and I drove directly under our families truck! Guess I forgot to follow all of the directions!

I often feel as though I can do it!  The problem is I try to do it alone without the assistance and guidance of my heavenly Father. The directions for a crash free life have been given to us in His word and we have the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. 

When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you. Proverbs 6:22

This memory has reminded me that "He can do it" My job is to follow His lead.

Father, I know that many times I have tried to do it by myself. I often look at you and wave and then crash.  Please help me to follow your lead and listen to your guidance. I confess that I can NOT do it by myself!  Jann

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