You’ve seen this prank Pepsi commercial from several years ago, right?
I recently came across it again and pondered a bit on the car salesman’s reaction. You know the reason he was freaked out, right? It’s because he had no clue who the driver really was. Had he known it was Jeff Gordon, professional race car driver, in control, I daresay his reaction would have been quite different.
Aren’t we a bit like this salesman? We get in this vehicle called life and all of sudden, it takes a turn for the worse, spins out of control and careens off the roadway. We scream, freak out, and fear for our lives. This wasn’t the trip we signed up for. We thought we were safe. We assumed there wouldn’t be any harrowing rides, just smooth sailing. We think, in fact, we’re a better driver, that our lives are far safer if we’re behind the wheel. Frankly, like the car salesman in the commercial, when things get dangerous we don’t trust the driver.
But, friends, in this ride of life do you really know who the driver is?
Do you know that he is God, the expert, the professional of all creation? He knows what He’s doing, even if your head is spinning and your world feels like a bad case of vertigo. I know you want out of the car. Trust me, I do. I know you wish this were just some horrible, sick joke of a nightmare, but you find yourself waking up to it daily. Sadly, your nightmare is your reality.
But, Friend, the driver isn’t some crazy kook. He isn’t out for a joy ride with your life, pranking you or jerking your chain. He wasn’t born yesterday. In fact, He existed even before the heavens and the earth…which He created, by the way. (Gen. 1:1-2) He knows exactly how this life works because He made it. He knows every twist and turn, every valley and peak of this round globe on which we spin. He commandeers this planet, and there is nothing that happens to us that He doesn’t work good out of. The Message puts it this way:
“…every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” Romans 8:28
What a difference it makes to know who’s driving when our world turns upside down. When we know who’s in control of this spinning vehicle called life, we experience what the world can’t comprehend: peace. (Phil.4:7)
Friend, do you feel like the salesman in the Pepsi commercial? Worried? Scared? Wanting to flee? Angry? Freaked out? Here’s the thing: Don’t wait until the ride is over to discover who’s really driving. Peace is possible when you trust the Ultimate driver.