Saturday, March 28, 2009


It's Saturday and I just found out that I don't have to take Trae driving today. He's 17 almost 18. He's graduating in May. He got his permit a couple of months ago and every Saturday some how I found myself sitting in the passenger seat of his car. At this present time I can not drive. I really don't like being at the mercy of a 17 year old to drive me around when Don's at work.

Trae brought his first car last month. A friend from church works at a dealership as a mechanic. Eddie found a great car that was a trade-in. It was almost to good to be true. It's a 1987 Oldsmobile with only 84,000 miles on it. At the price of $500.00, we jumped on it. We paid half and Trae paid half.

I'm at my wits end sitting in the passenger seat. For example 2 weeks ago we were driving. I directed him to get in the right lane because we are going to make a right at the light. What does he do? He gets in the left lane and goes straight. I told him to turn left because he missed his right turn. He turned left and ran onto the curb. I grabbed the steering wheel. I told him to pull over and I was going to drive. Sarah (10) was sitting in the back seat starting crying because she said she didn't want to die. I'm like what?! She said, "Mommy the doctor said you can't drive because of your seizures and Im afraid we're gonna die."

I was so upset then. I realized that she was right, but my son wasn't driving the way I wanted him to. You know, maybe the problem wasn't his driving. Maybe the problem was I didn't have control over the way he was driving.

Oh, that word control. How many times have I missed out on precious moments in life because I didn't have "control." It's a good thing I'm careful about the type of music I listen to. You know what song I'd be listening to all the time?....."Control" by Janet Jackson.

God help me to sit in the passenger seat with my hands in my lap, a smile on my face and sweet praises coming from my mouth.


Well Watered Woman said...

Oh my gosh! I can picture this so vividly in my head.
Isn't this just like life, we feel more comfortable when we are in control. I'm so learning to let God do the driving and to not attempt to take the wheel, because the trip is going the way I want it to.

Proverbs 27:19 said...

Simple, but strong lesson.



Sharon said...

Ihis brought a smile to my face remembering the days of being subjected to teens learning to drive(I wasn't smiling then). And the lesson in it is so true. Just not knowing what is going to happen next was enough to put me in a panic.

Persuaded said...

oh my... what a great lesson. isn't it amazing how the Lord uses the most every day things to teach us perfectly what we need to learn?

thanks for sharing... *i* need to learn this lesson myself!

Donalacasa said...

I am about to embark on this adventure of teen driving. I am not looking forward to it. Unfortunately, I think your son had a typical "manly" response to a woman telling him how to drive! LOL!

MOMSWEB said...

Oh my goodness, this was hilarious! It was also a warning to me as my 13 year old is already looking forward to his permit. Lord, please have mercy and prepare me to release CONTROL. Your lesson works for husband drivers too (lol).

Melissa Norton said...

I bet my mom has flash backs on that with me! I have been driving (4-wheelers) since age 6, and my mom didn't quite become confident in my driving till about two years ago... It did take me about a year to really get a hang of driving a car... Just be glad he doesn't have stick! lol

My mom was so scared the first time she drove alone with me out on the highway... My dad had done all the highway driving with me till this moment. My mom said my town driving was scary enough... she didn't want to experience it at high speeds! After I had driven my dad and I, safely, to Oregon in his big truck with a trailer behind full of garage door panels and tools and lots of stuff to really weight it down...(an make it harder to stop...) After that my mom had confidence to let me drive MY car up to Spokane with her. She said surprisingly my highway driving is much more relaxing than my town driving...
So maybe you need to take Trae out on the highway! lol Just teasing... It may take a while... and lots of practice... but I have a feeling he will be a pretty good driver... even though he may "occasionally" drive like a "typical teenager"... Rest easy though... I don't think God is done with any of you yet!