There’s a story about a woman who was driving down the street one evening when she noticed in her rearview mirror that a huge truck seemed to be following her a little too closely. She sped up in an attempt to create some more distance between the two vehicles only to discover that the truck sped up too. The faster she went, the faster he went. She made a right turn; he made a right turn. She made a left turn; he made a left turn. She drove onto the interstate; he did the same. She took an exit; so did he.
Terror began to sweep over her as it became unmistakably clear that she was being followed. Because of her desperation and the fact that it was late at night she pulled into an all-night gas station in search of light and witnesses. She manically rushed out of the car and ran inside while the man in the truck pulled in right behind her. However, instead of following her into the convenience store, the man rushed out of his truck and to her car where he opened her back door and after reaching inside, jerked out a man who had hidden himself in her backseat.
You see, what the woman didn’t know was that the man she was running from was her savior! The would-be assailant intended to harm her but because this man was sitting in an elevated truck, his vantage point enabled him to look down and see this undesirable character hidden in the backseat of her car. Unfortunately, this woman had a distorted view. She thought she knew what was going on when in reality, she was totally unaware of what was really happening.
Here’s the point: Many of us are living life with a distorted view. We think that we know exactly what’s going on and what’s best for us when in reality we are running in fear from the wrong thing! We spend a lot of time and energy trying to fix our souls and our personalities. We spend time making New Year’s resolutions, going to self-help seminars, and promising ourselves that we will do better. Too often God is the last one that we turn to for help. We are wasting time and energy running to different things in a desperate attempt to fix ourselves while simultaneously running from the creator who made us in the first place!
“Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.”
– Psalm 139:7-10 NIV