“Jesus, Savior, pilot me...”
Heading toward 100 mph in a turn is no time to gawk or sight-see. I learned that quickly -- emphasis on the quickly – a few years ago while tooling around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Okay, I was doing a bit more than tooling around -- zipping around, zooming around, rocketing around. At least that's how it felt to me.
For my birthday, my wife and kids had given me a chance to drive a car that had raced at Indianapolis around the speedway. I took some lessons, donned a fireproof suit and gloves, put on a helmet, and then was strapped into a real race car. It was thrilling as I’ve always enjoyed going fast, driving sports, and one time dreamt of being a race driver.
With a push from the pit crew and a pop of the clutch to put the car in gear, I took off into turn one. That’s when I learned to keep my eyes front while driving fast – to follow my leader.
The first time through the short chute between turns 1 and 2 though, I thought, "Hey, I'm coming up on the stands where I've sat for the races I've attended." Stand G. So, as I drew closer to it, I looked up to see what it looked like from the vantage of a car on the track.
Not a good idea. For one, I was strapped in securely enough, that it was hard to turn my body and/or head to get a good look at something zipping by at 90-100 mph. For two, I was zipping by at 90-100 mph and had no business trying to see that which was falling rapidly behind me. I whipped my head back to the center line of the car and noticed it was continuing to go straight and I was into the curve. So I had to turn and get the car back on line.
I did have a lead car in front of me, leading the way, showing the line through the curves. If I wanted to get the full experience of the drive, I had to forget sight-seeing, focus on the back end of the lead car, and step on the gas. Which I did. As I closed in on the lead car, he sped up and led me though the turns quickly and safely. And I got to speed up as I looked toward and trusted my guide.
How like life that is for me. I often meander at high speed through life, gawking at the sights around me and taking my eyes off of my Guide. And coming dangerously close to the wall! So long as I keep my eye on my Guide, I am shown the way and vouchsafed, ultimately, to the end. And provided with a trip that is, at times, fun, scary, exciting, and filled with learning. So long, that is, as I keep my eyes front and centered on Christ.
“Jesus, Savior, pilot me...” around all the tracks of my life. And keep my eyes front!
Excerpt from Beauty, Truth, Life, and Love by Brent Bill