September 23, 2014

Dealing With Being a Passenger The First Time My Daughter Drove the Car Home

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Written by: Denise
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 Whose Lesson Is It, Anyway?

My middle child is learning to drive.

She is the first of my children to decide to get a driver’s permit and undertake this task, so it’s a new thing for all of us.

My husband, Robert, has been handling most of the practice driving, so far.  My daughter and I can both be anxious creatures and, at the beginning of this process, I just didn’t think it was an awesome idea for me to be her instructor.  The other day, though, she and I went together to a nice, quiet neighborhood so that she could get in a little practice.  It was a successful lesson, and as a result, she is now determined to get at least a few minutes behind the wheel anytime we go somewhere together.

So last night, she asked to drive coming home from a trip to the store.  Because it is a familiar stretch of road she has driven frequently with her dad, and she is required to log a certain amount of nighttime practice, I agreed.  And my girl handled it quite well.

I, however, might have been slightly terrified.  It wasn’t the first time she had driven that road in the dark, but it was the first time I had gone with her to do so.  And though she was doing a fine job of driving, and I was paying close attention should the need arise for me to “help”, I still had that unwelcome feeling of having very little control.  So I did the best thing I can always do, and sent a quick prayer heavenward.

And then there it was, clear as day, at 8:30 at night – a reminder of one of the big lessons God has been teaching me lately:

At all times, HE is in control. 

Not just when my children are behind the wheel of a car, but as they mature, and gain independence, and make their own plans, and continue to move closer to that day when they go out on their own.  He’s got my children in the palm of His hand and they are precious to Him.  More often these days, my assignment is to trust His steering and remember to rest in the promises He has given me for my kids.

It was good instruction, from the very best Teacher.

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About the Author

My name is Denise, and I am a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, an aunt, and a child of God. I think of myself as one of His works-in-progress. My husband, Robert, and I have been married for 21 years and we are the parents of three teenagers.

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